Medical Students, Henry Annan (Dalhousie University), Jackie Vanek (University of Ottawa), Jacquie Lu (Queen’s University) and Dorothy Yu (University of Manitoba), are the CFMS team responsible for Humans of Pharmacare
TEN. This is the percentage of Canadians who are unable to afford their prescribed medications.
NINETY-ONE. This is the percentage of Canadians in favour of a Universal Pharmacare strategy for Canada.
SEVEN BILLION. This is the amount of Canadian dollars that could be saved on prescription drug expenditures every year.
The statistics speak for themselves. The evidence, published in countless editorials and reports across the country, is difficult to deny.
On average, our country spends 30% more than our OECD peers on prescription drug coverage. Of these nations, Canada has the fastest rising drug costs. These costs are often shouldered by our patients due to the low proportion of public funding for pharmaceutical products. Our current system is fragmented and inefficient, leading to profound inequities with regards to who gets to fill their medication prescriptions and thus, who gets to access our health care system. ...continue reading