The CFPC commends the recommendation for a universal public pharmacare plan

April 19, 2018

(April 19, 2018, Mississauga, ON) - The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) applauds the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health for recommending a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare plan. The CFPC continues to advocate for such an approach and has urged all federal political parties to adopt this model as part of its Report Card document, The Role of the Federal Government in Health Care.

“For the CFPC, this is not about costs and savings, although those are certainly benefits of moving to a universal pharmacare plan,” says CFPC Executive Director and CEO Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “For family doctors, it’s a compassionate and sensible approach to making sure our patients receive the medications they need. No one should be put in a position where they have to decide between buying groceries or needed medications.”

The CFPC strongly urges the federal government to adopt this recommendation from the Standing Committee on Health as a way to further equitable and compassionate care for everyone in Canada.

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization that represents more than 37,000 members across the country. The College establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements. The CFPC provides high-quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

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