The Government of Canada must commit to a Pharmacare Strategy that covers EVERYONE, EQUALLY.
Canada is the only country in the world with universal healthcare and no national Pharmacare Strategy. Hundreds of thousands of individuals are falling through the cracks, unable to afford the medicine and devices they need to support their sexual and reproductive health. The ability to manage your own fertility; decide if and when to have children; have healthy pregnancies; affirm your own gender; and prevent, treat or manage sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, should not depend on patchwork insurance coverage. Any national Pharmacare Strategy must include ALL SRHR drugs and devices and cover all people, especially the most marginalized.
WHAT CANADA CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO ENSURE UNIVERSAL, SINGLE-PAYER PHARMACARE THAT RESPECTS EVERYONE’S RIGHT TO HEALTH:
- Implement a National Pharmacare Strategy that is universal, single-payer, portable, accessible, and comprehensive.
- Ensure that any National Formulary include all prescription medications that relate to SRHR.
- Commit immediately to universal cost coverage for contraceptives for everyone in Canada.