Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors

Four years ago, at age 84, my dad survived a severe stroke. The downside is that during his hospital stay this otherwise fit person was put on a drug regimen and has been taking nine prescription drugs a day ever since.

Pharmacare is for kids too

Pharmacare is for kids too

You are the parent of a sick child. You have a limited budget and you must decide to buy the medicine the doctor prescribed for your child or provide food and shelter for your family instead. What do you do?

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada

When you look at the numbers, it really is surprising that all public employees in Quebec are required to enrol in costly private coverage given that administration costs account for 1.7 percent for Quebec’s public plan, yet 18 percent for private insurers.

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada

The current patchwork of public and private plans across the country means that Canadians are covered for their prescription drugs based on where they live or work, rather than on their medical needs.