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Pharmacare Consensus Principles

A diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics has come together to issue a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of National Pharmacare in Canada.

Our coalition believes that National Pharmacare should be a seamless extension of the existing universal health care system in Canada, which covers medically necessary physician and hospital services, and therefore operate in harmony with the principles of the Canada Health Act.

National Pharmacare should be governed by the following principles:

  1. Universality
    Coverage for all residents of Canada on equal terms and conditions.
  2. Public, Single-Payer Administration
    A publicly administered and delivered program that is integrated with the Medicare systems in which it operates, directly accountable to the public it serves, and leverages single-payer procurement to maximize purchasing power for the entire Canadian population.
  3. Accessibility
    Access to covered medications without financial barriers or other impediments.
  4. Comprehensiveness
    Coverage for as many medications as judged safe and effective by scientific evidence and based on the best value for money.
    Ensure the public servant experts who select medications for coverage are appropriately insulated from political pressures and marketing campaigns.
  5. Portable Coverage
    Continuous and consistent coverage for residents who move within Canada.

In addition to the five principles above, our coalition believes that the federal government must offer leadership in order to achieve National Pharmacare. This must include substantial funding commitments, sufficient to induce provincial and territorial governments to opt-in to the national program.

Signatories

National Organizations

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
Canada Without Poverty
Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
Canadian Association of Social Workers
Canadian Association of Retired Persons
Canadian Association of Retired Teachers
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canadian Health Coalition
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Nursing Students’ Association
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Canadian Women’s Foundation
Citizens for Public Justice
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Community Food Centres Canada
Congress of Union Retirees of Canada
Council of Canadians
InterPares
LeadNow
National Farmers Union
National Pensioners Federation
National Union of Public and General Employees
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Public Service Alliance of Canada
SEIU Healthcare
Seniors’ Voice
Unifor
United Church of Canada
United Food & Commercial Workers
United Steelworkers of Canada
Women’s Shelters Canada / Hébergement femmes Canada

Provincial & Territorial Organizations

Alberta Association of Community Health Centres
Alberta Federation of Labour
Alberta Federation of Union Retirees
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
Alternatives North
Alliance for Healthier Communities – Ontario
British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres
British Columbia College of Family Physicians
British Columbia Health Coalition
British Columbia Federation of Labour
British Columbia Federation of Retired Union Members
British Columbia Nurses’ Union
Centrale des syndicats du Québec
Coalition solidarité santé
Friends of Medicare
Health Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador
Manitoba Association of Community Health
Manitoba Federation of Labour
Manitoba Health Coalition
Manitoba Nurses Union
Médecins québécois pour le régime public
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc. / Front commun pour la justice social du Nouveau Brunswick Inc.
New Brunswick Health Coalition
New Brunswick Nurses Union
Northern Territories Federation of Labour
Nova Scotia Association of Community Health Centres
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
Nova Scotia Health Coalition
Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union
Ontario Federation of Labour
Ontario Nurses’ Association
PEI Federation of Labour
PEI Health Coalition
PEI Nurses’ Union
Planned Parenthood – Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre
Public Health Association of British Columbia
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Registered Nurses’ Union of Newfoundland and Labrador
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
Sexual Health Nova Scotia
Union des consommateurs
United Nurses of Alberta
Yukon Federation of Labour

 

This list was last updated on October 26, 2018.

We welcome additional signatories. If your organization wishes to sign on, please email cfnu(at)nursesunions.ca.

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