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Turns out nearly all Canadians already have drug coverage, despite the Pharmacare myths

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Two more milestones were reached on Canada’s long march toward national pharmacare over the last month. In June, the federal Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare kicked off a public consultation with the release of a discussion paper. Meanwhile, health ministers from across the country met in Winnipeg to talk over the issue.

Public discussion about national pharmacare has not been well informed. It has been studied and recommended by the federal standing committee on health, but the evidence and expert testimony the committee has heard is one-sided. Since the publicly funded advocacy campaign known as Pharmacare 2020 began ramping up political pressure five years ago, the only proposal considered so far has been the one most favoured by those whose financial interests or ideological preferences are tied to the public sector. The same folks are the source of the main assumptions being used to justify national pharmacare.

Take, for example, the claim that national pharmacare is needed because surveys have shown that many Canadians report that they cannot afford their medications. Pharmacare advocates have........

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