October 24th, 2020

Lack of universal medication coverage a greater expense

By Letter to the Editor on October 1, 2020.

The Throne Speech’s mention of accelerating Canada’s development of a national pharmacare plan, along with other progressive measures, is likely in exchange for needed NDP support of the shaky Liberal minority government.

Liberal and Conservative governments have consistently allowed us to remain the world’s sole country that has universal healthcare but does not similarly cover prescribed medication, however necessary.

Assuming it’s not just another hollow promise of universal medication coverage, why has it taken so long for a Canadian federal government to implement one?

(And considering it’s a potential life-and-death issue, why has our news-media not pursued it far more than it has?)

Not only does this make medication affordability much harder, but many low-income outpatients who cannot afford to fill their prescriptions end up back in the hospital system thus costing far more than if their generic-brand medication was covered.

Logic says, we cannot afford to maintain such an absurdity that costs Canada billions extra annually.

It’s not coincidental that the absence of universal medication coverage also keeps the pharmaceutical industry’s profits soaring.

Undoubtedly its lobbyists in Ottawa are well worth their bloated salaries.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock

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Frank Sterle Jr.
Frank Sterle Jr.
22 days ago

Regardless of the platitudinous praises our healthcare system typically receives, Canada is the only country with a universal plan (theoretically, anyway) that doesn’t also fully cover medications.                 
The bitter irony is, many low-income outpatients cannot afford to fill their prescriptions and resultantly end up back in the hospital system, thus burdening the system far more than if the outpatients’ generic-brand medication was also covered. This lesson was learned and implemented by enlightened European nations with genuinely universal all-inclusive health care systems that also cover necessary medication.    
Within our system are important treatments that seem to be either universally non-existent or, more to the point, universally inaccessible, except to those with relatively high incomes and/or generous employer health insurance coverage.
The only two health professions’ appointments for which I’m fully covered by the public health plan are the readily pharmaceutical-prescribing psychiatry and general practitioner health professions. Such non-pharmaceutical-prescribing mental health specialists as psychotherapists and counselors (etcetera) are not at all covered.                    

Last edited 22 days ago by Frank Sterle Jr.
Fedup Conservative
Fedup Conservative
20 days ago

Maybe Frank hasn’t heard about how Albertans allowed our phoney conservative governments to cheat us out of $575 Billion in oil royalties, $150 Billion in tax breaks and dumped a $260 Billion in abandoned oil well clean up costs onto our backs that would have provided a lot of Canadians with a great health care system. We got called all sorts of names when we tried to put a stop to it.
The fact is our true conservative hero Peter Lougheed would have never allowed this to happen to us.
Now they have elected another Liberal turned Reformer , has never been a true conservative , in Jason Kenney who is making a fool of them, by trying to blame our doctors, nurses, teachers, Aish recipients, phoney corporations for attacking our oil industry and Ottawa for the financial mess we are in. How stupid does he think we are.

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