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View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-03 19:37
In the 30 seconds I have remaining here, I'm trying to wrap my mind around a cost to implementing a system. The savings may be across society, but somebody will pay that cost.
If we were to essentially say that tomorrow we have a single-payer system and the government, through a national formulary, is going to organize and bulk purchase, then we may see systemic savings. That cost savings, as you pointed out, would be passed on largely to the private sector employers who are currently paying for these plans.
I want to ensure that we're not accidentally enriching private sector companies if the end game is to save taxpayers' money.
You're not going to have time to answer this, but if you have feedback to point us in the right direction as to how we can make sure the systemic savings are passed on to the taxpayer and not just private sector companies, I would welcome a follow-up through the clerk of our committee on the heels of this meeting.
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