Nurses say people who don’t have coverage are cutting their medications in half by taking them every other day in order to stretch them further.
The federal government has taken a step toward the development of a national pharmacare program with cross-Canada forums planned as part of the consultation process, a move welcomed by those who work in health care. The president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurses’ Union, Debbie Forward, is a member of the panel.
Forward says a national pharmacare program would save the country billions by reducing the number of medical interventions for people whose medications are not covered by government or insurance.
She says such a program would save six or seven billion dollars a year, money which could go back into health care.