Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Provinces agree on need for national drug plan

From the Charlottetown Guardian:
Canadians facing life-threatening diseases need to know that they can afford the drugs being prescribed to them, says P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie.

Currie co-chaired a meeting of provincial health ministers Friday, which included Federal Health Minister Tony Clement, and all agreed that Canada needs a national catastrophic drug plan.

Prince Edward Island is one of only two provinces in Canada that doesn’t have a provincial plan to cover the costs of catastrophic drugs (those needed to sustain life).

But Currie said all health ministers agreed that it’s time to put a plan for national drug coverage, funded, of course, by the federal government back on the front burner. ...more

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