Topping up your prescription, not toppling your budget. Canadian families will save more than $500 a year on average – even if they have insurance at work or school. And businesses currently providing health insurance will save around $600 per employee, and be confident that their whole team is covered.
Saving money means saving lives. Buying together undercuts inflated prescription costs set by private companies, and lets us lower costs dramatically by negotiating prices as a country. We can save $4.2 billion and use that money to give better coverage to all Canadians.
Use your health card, not your credit card. No more worrying about paying your deductible, co-pay, or premium. No more stress over how you’ll fill your kid’s prescription and still buy groceries. No more anxiety about your friends and family who need expensive medications to stay healthy – all you’ll need is your health card, and you’ll get the drugs you need.
"Like any parent, our kids come first. We can't afford my husband's heart medication, so we're rolling the dice. Canadians need universal, public pharmacare. Our income shouldn't dictate our access to medicine."
"I have idiopathic anaphylaxis and need epi-pens. I'm required to carry two at all times, but they cost $120 per pen. Some weeks, after I've had a reaction, I have to cancel plans, like not being able to go on school trips, because we can't afford to carry a second epi-pen."
"I have type one diabetes and need to take insulin in order to survive. I've paid over $70,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for the basics that I need to live. To know that I will always be in debt or fighting debt just to be alive is exhausting and stressful. It's frightening. Canadians like me, with diabetes and other expensive chronic illnesses, need universal, public pharmacare to survive."
Share your story
Sky high deductibles? Cutting pills in half to make them last? Stockpiling refills before your insurance runs out? We all have stories of how the rising cost of drugs has hurt people. What’s yours?