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National pharmacare program call joined by UPEI professor

UPEI's research chair in human development and health has added his name to a letter asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to launch a national pharmacare program.

Bulk buying of drugs in national program could save billions, says study

UPEI's research chair in human development and health has added his name to a letter asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to launch a national pharmacare program.

UPEI Professor Bill Montelpare (CBC)

Bill Montelpare told CBC News adding the financial hardship of paying for drugs to the burden of overcoming an illness compounds the problem.

"Is that what we want to have as a society?" said Montelpare.

"As a health scientist I'm thinking, 'OK, how can we make people value health and enjoy their life on Earth without having to overburden them?' [It's] as simple as sharing the cost."

Montelpare is one of 300 health professionals and health policy researchers in Canada advocating a national program.

Work on a report that led to the letter shows bulk buying could save the Canadian health system between $4 billion and $11 billion. But even more important to Montelpare is that it will help make sure all Canadians get access to the medicine they need.

Montelpare said a national pharmacare program would be especially helpful for Prince Edward Island, because of the difficulty the province faces, as a smaller economy, covering a wide range of high-cost drugs.

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