Before the pandemic, one in every five Canadians wasn’t taking the medicine they needed because they couldn’t afford to pay for it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Canadians have lost their jobs and their workplace drug coverage. No one should have to face the impossible choice between paying rent or taking the essential medication that their doctor has prescribed.
The Canada Pharmacare Act -C-213- is ground-breaking new federal legislation specifying the conditions and criteria that provincial and territorial prescription drug insurance programs must meet to receive federal funding. It lays the foundation for Pharmacare to be similar to our universal health care system. This includes the core principles of public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility. It is a crucial first step to enacting universal Pharmacare in Canada. With the pandemic, this bill is more important than ever.
Bill C-213 is reaching a critical period in the legislative process. Parliament will vote on this legislation in 30 days. We need your help! This legislation will not be enacted unless 170 MPs vote yes on C-213. Will you join us at this E Rally via Zoom, and help us to lobby MPs to support this important legislation?