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  • Health Care Workers Praise Movement on Pharmacare

    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.

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