Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Canadians fall through cracks without pharmacare: report

From CBC News:
The rising cost of drugs prevents some Canadians from getting the treatments they need, the Canadian Health Coalition says in renewing its call for a national pharmacare plan.

The group held public hearings across the country from October 2007 through last March, with more than 250 Canadians talking about the difficulties faced with the cost, effectiveness or availability of prescription drugs.

Brenda Young of Prince Edward Island told the hearings that she and her husband work hard to support themselves and their two teenage children, but they live paycheque to paycheque.

"When I go for surgery, everything is covered," said Young, who has neurofibromatosis, an inherited condition involving fibre-like growths of the nerves and skin.

"But as soon as I am out of the hospital, there is no money for ongoing drugs or physical therapy.… If the children need prescriptions, I sometimes have to tell them to wait until payday." ...more

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