Policy Conference on a National Public Drug Plan (2017)

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3 million Canadians are unable to afford their prescription medication. Nine in 10 Canadians support having a National Public Drug Plan to provide universal access to prescription drugs. But what does a National Public Drug Plan look like in Canada?

The Canadian Health Coalition hosted a policy conference April 10th-11th, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, to discuss how we can lower drug costs, increase drug safety, ensure equitable access for everyone across Canada, and learn lessons from countries around the world who have already implemented such a program. You can click on videos of each sessions below, as well as download pdf versions of some of the presentations and view photos from the event. We encourage you to visit our campaign page for more information about a national public drug plan.

April 10, 2017
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THE CURRENT SITUATION IS NOT WORKING
Steve Morgan, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Click here for the presentation (pdf)│Click here to sign the petition mentioned in this presentation.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT
• Workplace plans must go: they’re unfair and incomplete – Julie White, Canadian Health Coalition
• The Quebec model is expensive and unsustainable – Élisabeth Gibeau, Union des Consommateurs Presentation (pdf)
• The BC model has poor access – Jamie Daw, Harvard University Presentation (pdf)

GOVERNMENT AND A NATIONAL PUBLIC DRUG PLAN
Michele Evans, Executive Director of Pharmaceutical Funding and Guidance at the Alberta Ministry of Health
Click here for the presentation (pdf)

April 11, 2017
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WE CAN AFFORD A NATIONAL PUBLIC DRUG PLAN
Marc-André Gagnon, Ph.D., Carleton University
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A NATIONAL PLAN FOR DRUG SAFETY AND SAFE PRESCRIBING PRACTICES
• Nav Persaud, MD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto │ Presentation (pdf)
• Tom Perry, MD, Therapeutics Initiative University of British Columbia, Chair, Education Working Group  │ Presentation (pdf)
*There are a few seconds of subtitles at the 15 minute mark in the video below. Please make sure your have clicked on the cc button to see them.

INTERNATIONAL EXAMPLES – WE CAN DO IT TOO
• United Kingdom – Christopher McCabe, Ph.D., University of Alberta
• Australia – Ruth Lopert, FAFPHM, The George Washington University │ Presentation (pdf)
• New Zealand – Matthew Brougham, Consultant Economist │ Presentation (pdf)

BUILDING POLITICAL MOMENTUM – WHAT’S NEXT
• Pauline Worsfold, RN, Chair, Canadian Health Coalition and Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
• Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress

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