By Jacquie Maund, Policy Lead, AOHC
An EKOS poll last year found that over the previous five years 23 per cent of Canadians could not afford the medications they needed. CHCs and AHACs see this on a regular basis and know that it ends up costing the healthcare system more when people can’t adhere to their prescriptions.
AOHC is partnering with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and Canadian Doctors for Medicare – all organizations committed to seeing a universal pharmacare program in Canada- to explore approaches that the Ontario government could take towards this goal.
To learn more about what other jurisdictions are doing to ensure access to affordable medicines and what steps provinces could take toward universal public coverage of prescription drugs read this report by Dr Steve Morgan.