Saskatchewan should work for implementation of lifesaving pharmacare system, NDP says

The Saskatchewan NDP is calling on Premier Moe to make clear his commitment to working with the federal government in implementing a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare system. The call comes after Dr. Eric Hoskins and the Advisory Council on the Implementation National Pharmacare released their final report today, which made clear that the implementation will depend on active provincial support: “As with Medicare,” the report states, “it will be up to individual provinces and territories to opt in to national pharmacare by agreeing to the national standards and funding parameters of pharmacare.”

“When so many people in our province are struggling to make ends meet, it’s absolutely vital that everyone can access the prescription medications they need,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Opting in for universal pharmacare is opting in for the health and well-being of all Saskatchewan people. It’s something that will save money and lives, and we need to know whether our Premier is on the right side of this issue.”

Health care providers and advocates have highlighted the need for universal drug coverage, especially for those with lower incomes.

“No one should have to choose between paying rent and paying for the prescription drugs they need,” said Meili. “The Advisory Council’s report confirms what so many have been calling for. Now we need to know that the provincial government will step up for the people of Saskatchewan and do the work to make universal coverage a reality.”