Green Party of Manitoba’s Responses

Question 1

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published research in 2012 that showed one in ten Canadians report they skip doses or decide not to fill prescriptions because of cost.[i]

If elected to government, what will your party do to make prescription medications more affordable?

Response:  The Green Party of Manitoba (GPM) will work to make prescription medications covered by Medicare.

Question 2

A key element of ensuring timely treatment for a cancer patient is ensuring they have access to the medications they need at the time they need them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in Manitoba. 

If elected to government, will you commit to ensuring that all cancer patients in Manitoba receive timely access to medications at the time they need it?

Response: The GPM will work to ensure this.

Question 3

A new study[ii] released in July 2015 makes a compelling case for expanding our universal public health care system to include the cost of prescription medicines. In addition, a recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute[iii] found that more than 90 per cent of Canadians back the concept of pharmacare.

a)      What is your party’s position on the creation of a national pharmacare program?

b)      How will your party ensure that a national pharmacare program will not reduce the number of prescription medicines available to patients?

c)       Will your party support a new federal equalization payment for national pharmacare so that all provinces are able to cover the same comprehensive range of prescription drugs, with timely new additions on a regular basis?

Response: The GPM is committed to the creation of a national pharmacare program and will work to ensure that the coverage remains the same as now.  The GPM is committed to working towards the creation of a federal equalization payment for the national pharmacare program created.