Canada's health care system allows Canadians to visit their doctor and obtain medical services free of charge. But when it comes to filling their prescriptions, many uninsured Canadians struggle with the cost. Policy makers are aware of the challenges. Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments are looking into options to help make prescription drugs more accessible, affordable, and appropriately prescribed.
In October 2016, we invited 35 randomly selected Canadians to meet in Ottawa to consider whether there are better models that can improve access to prescription drugs. Over five days, this group heard from a range of experts, examined different options, and, together, developed a clear set of recommendations for Canada's health ministers and policy makers.
The panel's final report containing its recommendations will be shared with the federal health minister, her provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as other researchers and stakeholders.