Published: September 1, 2020
Categorised in: In the House
In February, I introduced Bill C 213 – the Canada Pharmacare Act, an historic step in the history of our country.The bill is seconded by national NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and supported by millions of Canadians across the country. Supporters are people like Jim, who has to beg at the entrance of Parliament Hill to find the money each month to pay for his medication, and Cole, a constituent whose family pays $1,000 a month for medication that keeps one member of their family alive. The Canada Pharmacare Act would ensure universal, comprehensive, and public pharmacare that is accessible and affordable, the very principles of universal medicare.
– Topping up your prescription, not toppling your budget. Canadian families will save more than $500 a year on average – even if they have insurance at work or school. And businesses currently providing health insurance will save around $600 per employee, and be confident that their whole employee team is covered.
– Saving money means saving lives. Bulk buying on medication undercuts inflated prescription costs set by private companies, and lets us lower costs dramatically by negotiating prices as a country. We can save $4.2 billion and use that money to give better coverage to all Canadians.
– Use your health card, not your credit card. No more worrying about paying your deductible, co-pay, or premium. No more stress over how you’ll fill your kid’s prescription and still buy groceries. No more anxiety about your friends and family who need expensive medications to stay healthy – all you’ll need is your health card, and you’ll get the medication your doctor says you need.
Add your name to my petition and share your support!
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