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May 1, 2018 7:30 am

Parliamentary Breakfast Presented by Canada’s Nurses

Body Count:
The human cost of financial barriers to prescription medications


Date: Tuesday May 1, 2018
Location: Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block
Time: 7:30-8:45 am

Complimentary hot breakfast will be served.

In recent months, public dialogue in Canada on national pharmacare has focused primarily on the high prices of prescription drugs and the would-be savings of a universal, public and single-payer plan. On May 1, Canada’s nurses will release a ground-breaking new report on the human cost of a lack of financial access to prescription medications. Researched and written by the distinguished pharmaco-economist, Dr. Ruth Lopert, this report will – for the first time – tally the data on the numbers of Canadians who die or become ill each year because they simply cannot afford the prescriptions they need.

Canada’s nurses invite you to attend this year’s annual parliamentary breakfast on health policy, featuring the unveiling of this report, entitled Body Count.

As Canada’s political conversation on pharmacare moves forward, Canada’s nurses believe it is essential that we bear in mind the human cost of inaction. With every day that passes, Canadian lives are lost or are devastated because of inadequate or non-existent drug coverage. It is time that we know the scale of this preventable tragedy.

Join us on Tuesday May 1, 2018 to hear firsthand from noted public health physician, pharmaco-economist and author of Body Count, Dr. Ruth Lopert, regarding the findings of her research into the mortality and morbidity in Canada resulting from our current inadequate system of prescription drug coverage.

All Members of Parliament and Senators are welcome along with their staff.
Space is limited.

Please RSVP to Carrie Steeves, CFNU Administrative Support, at csteeves (at) or 613-526-4661, by April 23, 2018.