June 13th, 2023
NDP introduces Pharmacare plan to help British Columbians and seniors who are trying to keep up with costs
NANAIMO – On Tuesday, Canada’s NDP introduced a plan for national Pharmacare, which will save Canadians an average of $500 per year and ensure every Canadian can afford the medications they need. The Liberals must deliver Pharmacare legislation as a part of the Supply and Confidence Agreement with New Democrats by the end of the year.
“No one should have to worry about how they’ll cover the costs of their medication, especially with mortgages, rent, and grocery prices soaring,” said NDP MP Lisa Marie Barron. “But unfortunately, for many people in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, this worry has become their reality. Especially for our seniors, who are more likely to be on multiple lifesaving medications and already feel the pinch of rising costs.”
Under the current Liberal government, Canadians pay the third highest prices for medications in the world. As a result, over a million people in Canada have had to go without basic needs like food and housing just to afford the medications they need - despite having universal public health care.
While Canadians make tough choices, the Liberals keep delaying price reforms that would make prescriptions more affordable. Last November, after his department was lobbied 126 times by pharmaceutical companies, the Minister of Health intervened to suspend price reforms of patented medication – for the fourth time.
Last year, Justin Trudeau and the Conservatives teamed up to defeat the NDP Canada Pharmacare Act.
“When left to their own devices, it seems like the Liberals and the Conservatives would keep letting the costs of medications go up, hurting Canadians just to satisfy their big pharma friends,” added MP Barron. “I’m glad to be a part of the NDP team because we haven’t and won’t stop fighting for a health care system that covers prescriptions. Anything less of this is unacceptable for people in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.”