Nova Scotia

Stephen McNeil says fixing seniors' pharmacare plan possible

The Nova Scotia government is looking at fixing changes to the seniors' pharmacare plan that had "unintended consequences," Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday.

Premier says the provincial government is looking at fixing seniors' pharmacare plan

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the province is looking to tweak changes to pharmacare after some seniors raised concerns. (CBC)

The Nova Scotia government is looking at fixing changes to the seniors' pharmacare plan that had "unintended consequences," Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday.

"Instead of solving the problem, we actually shifted it to another group of seniors who were just over the income threshold," McNeil told CBC.

"Having that been brought to our attention, we obviously have a responsibility to make sure that we do fair by all of them."

McNeil made a state of the province address Thursday to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. There he discussed the Liberal's plan to revamp pharmacare for seniors, which resulted in backlash from some seniors.

Not too 'stubborn' to change plan

McNeil said he's received many thoughtful comments, both positive and negative, about the proposed changes. 

Some, he said, thought the jump in premiums was too much at once, part of the reason the province is considering making adjustments. 

"We're in the process of going through a number of options we have before us," McNeil said.

"We have responsibility that, when we see that happening, to respond and not be stubborn enough to stay in a position simply because it was a policy decision that we made."

'Trying to solve a problem'

McNeil said they're planning to consult with seniors again and will relay any changes once those are decided. He said they want seniors to be able to pay for prescriptions and basic necessities.

"The intent was never to make it more difficult for others," McNeil said.

"We were trying to solve a problem, not create one for someone else, and having it pointed out, we'll address it."

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