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Lobb Endorses Pharmacare Plan

Huron-Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Huron-Bruce Conservative MP says consultations needed on federal health plans.

The Conservative MP for Huron-Bruce is putting his support behind a program championed by the New Democrats and the Green Party during last year's federal election campaign.

Ben Lobb says Canada needs a national pharamcare program, in which Canadians would see improved access to prescription medications.

Lobb believes the universal initiative would be an appropriate follow-up to the money spent by the former Tory government on health care during the nine years it was in power.

He says our country is aging and the baby-boomer generation is placing more demand on the health care system, especially in the area of prescription drugs.

Lobb points to aging and elderly Canadians who can't afford to fill prescriptions and often have to re-use things like diabetic test-strips and insulin needles.

He observes that the provinces and territories can't do an effective job of administering drug plans by themselves, largely because of government turnovers.

Lobb advises that any talk of a national pharmacare program would have to include consultation with provincial and territorial governments, front line health care workers and ordinary Canadians.

The Trudeau government has not fully come out in favour of a national drug plan, but Health Minister Jane Philpott is said to be working toward a new national health accord.



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