No Canadians should go without the treatment they need: Royal College applauds call for national pharmacare plan

June 13, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

OTTAWA, June 13, 2019 – The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is pleased with the federal advisory council’s final report, released yesterday, calling for the implementation of a national pharmacare plan.

“A national pharmacare plan helps bring equity into health care; it will help Canada’s physicians and surgeons provide their patients access to prescription drugs they need, regardless of their ability to pay,” says Dr. Ian M. Bowmer, president of the Royal College.

The Royal College and its Fellows look forward to collaborating with federal, provincial and territorial governments in implementing a national pharmacare plan that is grounded in scientific evidence, clinical effectiveness and appropriateness.

“As a practising hematologist, I often struggle to find affordable prescription drugs for my patients, so I can see the benefits of a national pharmacare plan,” says Dr. Andrew Padmos, chief executive officer at the Royal College. “The Royal College is committed to supporting a national pharmacare plan that is delivered in an equitable, ethical and sustainable fashion.”

In the spirit of self-determination, the Royal College strongly supports recognizing and respecting the knowledge and perspectives of Indigenous peoples throughout the implementation of national pharmacare.

The Royal College calls on all parties to commit to implementing national pharmacare and to engage with us in finding solutions to the challenges that lay ahead.

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