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BC HEALTH COALITION SUPPORTS THE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL PHARMACARE'S CALL FOR UNIVERSAL PUBLIC PHARMACARE

BC Health Coalition urges all parties to adopt the Advisory Committee's recommendations

Vancouver ­– The BC Health Coalition is celebrating the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare's recommendation to create a universal public pharmacare program.

"We're pleased and unsurprised that the Advisory Council has recommended a system that ensures all Canadians get the healthcare coverage that they need," says Adrienne Yeung, BC Health Coalition co-chair. "This report further confirms the findings of previous reports and what people in our communities already know which is that people shouldn't have to choose between medication and other necessities."

The Advisory Council's recommendations included the creation of a new drug agency as well as an opt-in period for the provinces. The BCHC has advocated for a system that is publicly provided and comprehensive in medications offered. National universal pharmacare will provide the ability to negotiate better prices on common medications and improve public safety through better prescribing.

"As Dr. Hoskins said, people are already bearing the costs of these medications," says Yeung. "We will be looking for all federal political parties to include a national universal pharmacare plan in their platforms as well as the timeline for implementation. Canadians can't wait any longer."

The BC Health Coalition is a democratic, inclusive, and consensus-based community of individuals and organizations that advocate for evidence-based improvements to the public health care system, stimulate public education on health care issues, and drive positive change to the health care system through campaigns across the province.

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For more information contact:

phone: 604.349.9079 | email: nadine@bchealthcoalition.ca | www.bchealthcoalition.ca

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