Canada has a long-established national universal health care plan which has benefitted generations of citizens.
However, while it covers almost all aspects of health care, it does not cover the cost of prescription drugs.
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recently sent officials en masse to Ottawa to meet with a variety of politicians to press them into finally instituting a universal drug plan.
Larry Rousseau is the Executive Vice-President of the CLCListen
The Canadian Labour Congress represents some 3.3 million workers. This is almost the same number of the general public who have no drug coverage.
Many more Canadians meanwhile are seeing drug coverage at their place of work being cut back as well.
The cutbacks in drug plans in some cases, the lack of a drug plan for others due to the rapidly rising cost of drugs is placing the health of a great many Canadians at risk.
Rousseau says one result of this situation is that more people end up in hospital, putting a strain on the health care system and resources while at the same time increasing costs to the universal health care plan.
He says these added costs and suffering could be greatly reduced if the federal government were to create and institute a universal drug care system as part of Canada’s long standing universal health care policy.
Rousseau says the CLC is now planning to make this concern an election issue during the next federal election set for sometime around October 2019.