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View Rachael Harder Profile
CPC (AB)
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2020-03-12 17:01 [p.2041]
Mr. Speaker, in my riding of Lethbridge we have a university, and out of that place are coming incredible innovation and creativity and scientific advancement. In particular, there is some advancement with regard to medicine. Research is being done around creating software that would read a person's DNA, and then, based on the reading of that DNA, would be able to prescribe a medical compound. Rather than pharmaceuticals being what they already are on the shelf, they would be made directly for an individual based on that individual's DNA. This is absolutely incredible technology. It would forever change the face of medicine and the way that it is done.
This is something that would not be covered by a pharmacare program. In fact, a pharmacare program would stagnate the progress being achieved within the world of medicine, which means that Canadians would be put at an immense disadvantage and many of these diseases and and rare conditions that we talked about earlier would be without a cure for a very long time. It would be a huge detriment to our country.
How would the hon. member respond to that in terms of advocating pharmacare?
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