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Canadian Chamber Expresses Concern after Pharmacare Bill Passes Third Reading in the House of Commons

Canadian Chamber Expresses Concern after Pharmacare Bill Passes Third Reading in the House of Commons

Bill C-64, the Pharmacare Act, should be amended to clarify that a federal pharmacare program will not jeopardize the private insurance of 27 million Canadians.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce believes that all Canadians should have access to the prescription medications they need.

We are therefore disappointed bill C-64, the Pharmacare Act, has not been amended to clarify that a federal pharmacare program will not jeopardize the private insurance of 27 million Canadians.

While the Minister of Health, Mark Holland, has stated that the federal pharmacare program would not jeopardize Canadians’ private coverage, the bill repeatedly references a national universal single-payer system. This contradicts the Minister’s claim, suggesting that only that public funds will be allowed to cover the drugs included their plan.

Currently, the majority of Canadians access valued drug insurance through their employers and public plans.  A universal pharmacare program will use billions of taxpayer dollars to provide coverage to Canadians who already have it and risks limiting choice in the specific medications Canadians currently access.  This is neither pragmatic nor fiscally responsible.

It is therefore critical that this bill be amended to reflect the Minister’s statements and ensure Pharmacare targets those Canadians who do not have the coverage they require, just as the government did with the Canadian Dental Care Plan.

Kathy Megyery, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Quebec, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Rewa Mourad
Public Relations Specialist Canadian Chamber of Commerce
rmourad@chamber.ca

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