Canada should implement universal, single-payer public pharmacare to replace the “current patchwork of thousands of private and public prescription plans,” which are “not sustainable,” the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare says in a new report on prescription drug coverage commissioned by the federal government last year. The plan would save employers on average more than CA$750 annually per employee, the council says.
In its “A Prescription for Canada: Achieving Pharmacare for All,” the council recommends:
Canada is the only country with universal healthcare that doesn’t provide universal coverage for prescription drugs. On a per capita basis, only the US and Switzerland spend more on medicines.