The North Shore New Democrats will be out on the street tomorrow, April 27, from noon to 4pm at the Lonsdale Quay to connect with people on universal pharmacare.
For NDP Federal Candidates Justine Bell and Sven Robinson, the message is clear “Your health card should get you the medication you need not your credit card.”
Bell said people are making impossible choices on the North Shore when it comes to affording the prescription drugs they need: paying for rent or filling a prescription, cutting pills to make a bottle last longer, or skipping prescriptions altogether. One in ten Canadians cannot afford their medication.
“Across the country the NDP is steadfast in their conviction to complete Tommy Douglas’ dream of universal, comprehensive and quality medicare for all,” Robinson noted.
“The Liberals want a US-style patchwork system based on private insurance that will just deepen inequality – and mean more premiums, co-pays and deductibles coming out of the family budget to pad insurance company profits. Their approach is driving up costs by reducing purchasing power, and putting pharmaceutical and insurance companies in the driver’s seat as drug prices spiral upwards”.
Under the NDP plan, families will save more than $500 a year, even if they have insurance through work. Employers would also save approximately $600 per employee. Universal pharmacare plan will save the country approximately $4.2 billion every year, both noted.
“You’ll just need your health card – not your credit card – at the pharmacy checkout.”