The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosts an annual Parliamentary Breakfast attended by Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs) and health care stakeholders. The event is an opportunity to provide federal parliamentarians with information and recommendations on specific issues facing nurses and the health care sector.
At the most recent Parliamentary Breakfast, the CFNU shared a groundbreaking report, which demonstrated that devastating impacts of cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications add to the case for a national pharmacare plan. The report, entitled Body Count: The human cost of financial barriers to prescription medications, was presented to parliamentarians and health care stakeholders by internationally renowned physician, pharmaco-epidemiologist and lead author, Dr. Ruth Lopert. The report findings reveal that Canadians are dying every day and tens of thousands are getting sicker every year without pharmacare, lending urgency to calls for the implementation of a national pharmacare plan.
Our breakfast featured a panel of three Canadian experts who shared their evidence and experience and made the case for pharmacare: the aforementioned Hugh Mackenzie, Peter MacLeod, Chair of the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare in Canada, and Edson Castilho, a nurse who works at IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“We know about the dollars and cents of why a pharmacare plan is needed but this report aims to put a human face on the impacts of the current system“ says @CFNUPresident #bodycount #rxpoli #cdnhealth #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/8rHScfpOdK
— Canada's Nurses-CFNU (@CFNU) May 1, 2018