Statement from The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour on the National Pharmacare Deal

February 28, 2024

We are pleased to acknowledge the landmark achievement reached through the collaborative efforts between the Liberal government and the NDP on Pharmacare. This significant advancement marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of our healthcare system, comparable to the inception of public healthcare in Canada. Canadians will deeply feel the impact of this breakthrough, as it promises to make healthcare more accessible and affordable.

The urgency of this victory cannot be overstated, considering the countless individuals compelled to make unimaginable sacrifices to afford essential medications. The stories of Canadians facing the daunting choice between purchasing life-saving medicines and meeting basic needs are all too familiar. The steadfast advocacy of the NDP has paved the way for a universal national pharmacare program, marking a crucial step towards ensuring equitable access to prescription drugs for all Canadians.

For years, the trade union movement in our country has joined forces with the NDP in advocating for a universal, single-payer pharmacare plan. This bill establishes the framework for a national Pharmacare program and introduces immediate coverage for contraception and diabetes treatment, addressing the pressing healthcare needs of Canadians.

In a time of high inflation and financial strain, introducing this pharmacare program provides significant financial relief for ordinary Canadians, alleviating the burden of expensive and inaccessible prescription drugs. With Canada being the only country with a universal public health insurance system that lacks prescription drug coverage, this historic agreement underscores the imperative of a single-payer system, aligning with the principles of the Canada Health Act.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour encourages all parliamentarians to support this new universal public drug plan, recognizing its potential to provide equal access and coverage for all Canadians while generating substantial savings for the nation.

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