December 3, 2015
Ontario is releasing a summary of the Minister’s roundtable discussion on pharmacare, which the province hosted earlier this year.
The summary, titled Minister’s Roundtable on Pan-Canadian Pharmacare, provides an overview of the roundtable discussion, which included provincial and territorial health ministers, academics and other pharmacare experts. It identifies areas where there was broad consensus among the participants as well as areas for further exploration. Health Quality Ontario prepared the summary.
Following the release of this roundtable summary, Ontario will further engage with patients and other stakeholders to continue discussions about a national pharmacare program.
Improving access to care is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.
“There is a movement building across the country for equitable access to drugs through a national pharmacare program. No one should have to choose between paying for medication or putting food on the table. I will continue to advocate for national pharmacare with the new federal government and at the next meeting of the provincial/territorial health ministers in January.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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