Calls growing for national prescription drug program

Global News

OTTAWA – It’s a buzzword in the medical community, although one that hasn’t quite caught fire yet with Canadians at large: pharmacare, a national program that would see prescription drugs covered through a publicly funded system rather than out of pocket.

Many doctors are clamouring for it. Canadians dream of it when faced with sky-high drug costs as they fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Even private insurers aren’t entirely opposed.

And now politicians are starting to take up the cause. The federal NDP is calling for national pharmacare, while Ontario’s new health minister has emerged one of its most enthusiastic cheerleaders as he urges a federal strategy.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’d have to go into the sample drawer, because I knew if I gave a prescription to someone, they weren’t going to fill it because they couldn’t afford it,” Eric Hoskins, who’s also…

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