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View Murray Rankin Profile
NDP (BC)
View Murray Rankin Profile
2015-06-09 14:52 [p.14814]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians pay among the highest prices in the OECD for prescription drugs, leaving one in ten Canadians unable to fill prescriptions.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health experts, and seniors organizations have all called for the creation of a national drug plan to make prescription drugs more affordable. The provinces have said they are willing to talk, but the federal government will not even come to the table.
Why are the Conservatives showing such a shameful lack of leadership in addressing the high cost of drugs for Canadians?
View Rona Ambrose Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, I have repeatedly said to Canadians and to my provincial counterparts that they are getting ripped off when it comes to the cost of drugs.
They negotiate their plans separately instead of together, and I continuously encourage them to get together and invite us to the table to look at a national drug purchasing plan, including, and foremost, to talk about bulk purchasing.
We can save Canadians billions of dollars if we do this together, and I am at the table with them.
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
View Elizabeth May Profile
2015-05-14 10:14 [p.13911]
Mr. Speaker, I rise to present two petitions from residents within Saanich—Gulf Islands.
The first petition is calling on the House to develop and promote a national pharmacare plan that would include, among other things, a bulk purchasing agency at the federal level to ensure that, by bulk purchasing of drugs, the price can be brought down for provincial health care systems.
View Bruce Hyer Profile
GP (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today.
The first petition is with respect to national pharmacare. It is from various communities and people throughout the Thunder Bay—Superior North riding.
The petitioners basically want three things. They want to establish a Canada-wide prescription drug program that would cover all citizens; they want to reduce the cost of prescription drugs through bulk buying by the government; and, they want to ensure that all new drugs are evaluated through sufficient evidence-based research.
View Libby Davies Profile
NDP (BC)
View Libby Davies Profile
2014-10-06 14:42 [p.8278]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians are facing escalating prescription drug costs. One in 10 cannot even afford to fill their medication prescriptions.
Canada has the second-highest spending per capita on prescription drugs of all OECD countries. The premiers have made it a clear priority to have drug coverage, but the current government is missing in action.
Why has the federal government failed so miserably in its leadership to reduce prescription drug costs for Canadians?
View Rona Ambrose Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, I was very pleased to discuss this issue with colleagues at our health ministers' meeting recently.
In fact, for the last year, I have been asking to have the federal government at the table to use our leverage and our expertise to help in-bulk drug purchasing plans. We have now been invited to the table. I am very pleased to see that, and of course, the Council of the Federation and the provinces have already seen hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, and we hope we can use our expertise and our leverage to find even more.
View Dany Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Dany Morin Profile
2014-10-06 14:43 [p.8278]
Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions believes that a pharmacare program could help save $11 billion. The bulk purchase of prescription drugs alone would save $142 million.
Will the minister use this report to make prescription drugs more affordable or will she continue to do nothing, as she has done for her entire mandate as Minister of Health?
View Rona Ambrose Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, as I indicated just now, over the last year I have asked to be at the table with the provinces and territories to discuss using our expertise and our leverage to get more value and better savings for Canadian taxpayers on our bulk drug-purchasing plans with the provinces. We have been invited to the table, and I am very pleased. We hope to be able to save taxpayers a lot of money.
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