U of A health economist outlines pros and cons of proposed federal drug plan.
Canadians are finally ready to tackle the “unfinished business” of medicare, according to University of Alberta health economist Christopher McCabe.
“The fact that we don’t have equal access across the country to drug-based health care is not consistent with the principles that led to establishing medicare,” said McCabe, who also heads Alberta’s Institute of Health Economics.
He predicts the debate around a proposed pharmacare plan will be pivotal to this fall’s federal election. Here’s what you need to know to understand the issue.What’s the problem?
Canadians have had universal access to hospitals and doctor care since the early 1960s, but the final piece of the medicare puzzle that was recommended at the time—a national drug plan—was never implemented.
When Canadians fill their prescriptions, they face a patchwork ...