Free drug coverage makes Canadian debut
Angela Thibert / May 5, 2017
I’ve always scratched my head at this– Canadians are offered free medical care without being offered free prescription drugs to go with it. It doesn’t make sense to me because the two go hand in hand. Finally, things are about to change.
Just last week the Ontario 2017 budget was announced and unveiled a surprise that caught me off guard. Ontario will be the first province in Canada to offer prescription drug coverage for those ages 24 and under.
Ontario can now be a testing ground for how a system like this could benefit the rest of Canadians. Researchers say that having a universal drug coverage system could save billions of dollars in the long run.
Right now every province has their own system when it comes to prescription drugs, and with so many companies offering their own drug coverage it makes our systems really fragmented. Ultimately, it would make things a lot less confusing!
A move like this was definitely needed; as it has been found that 1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford medication. Studies also show that Canada has the second-highest medication costs in the world. For now, this system will significantly help out students and families with children. Some countries around the world are already having luck with similar programs.
Having a universal system would eliminate some barriers that many Canadians face and make prescription drugs accessible to us all. At the end of the day being healthy and having medication you need shouldn’t come down to personal finances.