CORD Webinar Pharmacare Debate Series: Does National Pharmacare mean Same Coverage and Same Public Payer for Everyone?

Does National Pharmacare mean Same Coverage and Same Public Payer for Everyone?

FORMAT: Panel Debate with Discussion

Topics to be Explored: 
  • Point:
    John Oliver, MP (Oakville) and Member of House Standing Committee on Health

    A National Pharmacare Program based on a single formulary and a single public payer will provide the most equitable and sustainable access to prescription drugs for all Canadians at the lowest overall cost.

  • Counterpoint:  
    Peter Dryda, Strategic Access Manager, Ontario, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

    There are many strengths in both the public and private systems. “…the best system is one that will: ensure that patients have access to the medicines they need at affordable prices; ensure Canadians do not lose their existing group health benefit plans; and control costs to taxpayers.”

  • Patient Perspective:  
    Louise Binder, Health Policy Consultant, Save Your Skin Foundation

    National Pharmacare must consider more than simple changes to formulary and/or payers; otherwise it will not address many barriers experienced by patients in access, including complex medicines, advanced therapies, new medicines, specialty medicines, and drugs for small patient populations.

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This is one of six webinars in a National Pharmacare Debate series hosted by CORD.
For the complete list of webinars in this series, click here.