Two BC family medicine residents are part of an advocacy campaign to urge federal Health Minister Jane Philpott to establish a National Pharmacare Strategy. Drs. Justine Spencer and Kurt Deschner met Minister Philpott and presented a petition at the recent Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver.
The petition is now available online to enable more family physicians or other advocates to add their signatures.
The steps toward this goal are outlined in a letter that has been sent to Minister Philpott by concerned resident physicians and medical students from universities across the country asking her to:
- discuss including a National Pharmacare Strategy in the Health Accord and commit to work towards it during her mandate;
- engage in dialogue with the five key partners (health care professionals under the auspices of the Canadian Medical Association, governments, academics and universities, health managers, and patients) about how to develop a National Pharmacare Strategy; and
- act on the CMA recommendation to establish a new funding program for catastrophic coverage of prescription medication as a step toward universal pharmacare.
You can show your support by signing the online petition.