Quebec needs a universal and public prescription drug plan.
Canada is the only developed country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t include prescription drugs. Quebec is the only province in Canada with a semi-public drug prescription plan, but that plan needs work.
12 percent of Quebecers say they can’t afford the medication they need. Many are splitting pills, skipping days to stretch their prescriptions, or not filling their prescriptions at all.
Nobody should be forced to choose between paying for groceries and paying for the medication they need. That’s why 91 percent of Quebecers say they support a universal, public prescription drug plan.
- In Quebec, everyone is covered either by a public or private prescription drug plan. Despite that, households there pay more out of pocket for prescriptions than in any other province.
- Anyone with access to private prescription drug coverage through work or their family must use that coverage, and cannot access the province’s public prescription drug plan. Those compelled to use private plans face rapidly increasing costs.
- Those without private insurance are covered by Quebec’s public prescription drug plan. They pay an annual premium based on income of up to $667, a monthly deductible of $19.45 and co-insurance of 34.8% of the cost of each prescription.
Pharmacare : A Plan for Everyone
A recent agreement between Quebec and pharmaceutical companies on the cost of generic drugs has demonstrated that by combining our purchasing power, we can benefit from the best possible prices. Savings would increase dramatically if Quebec’s prescription drug plan was completely public and universal.
The Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) has long advocated for a universal and public prescription drug plan for Quebec. Now, as Canada’s unions campaign for the same for all Canadians, the FTQ is stepping up its call on the Quebec government to establish a universal and public prescription drug plan for everyone in Quebec as soon as possible.