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Healthy Canada Conference 2017: Access to Affordable Medicines

Wednesday April 26 - Thursday April 27 2017 Old Mill Toronto Toronto, Ontario

Costs of medicines are a concern for government, employers, and all Canadians

Medicines, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, offer not only extension of life, but often improved quality of life and functionality, allowing many Canadians the ability to become and remain active members of the work force and society. Without access to affordable, appropriate, and high-quality medicines, there can be significant impacts on individual and population health and productivity. Yet despite having one of the top health care systems in the world, access to affordable medicine continues to be a significant issue for many Canadians, particularly among our more vulnerable populations.

Improving access to affordable medicines involves affordable and fair pricing

If Canada strives to provide equitable access to essential, high-quality medicines then pricing must be affordable and fair in addition to effective and sustainable approaches to financing. Health care spending continues to consume a significant proportion of provincial and territorial budgets, ranging from 18 per cent in the Yukon Territories to 46 per cent in Nova Scotia. In the private sector, employers struggle with balancing the cost of health care benefit plans, growth, and maintaining a sustainable business. This inconsistent insurance coverage and high out-of-pocket spending may influence some people to forego essential medications owing to cost.

Out-of-pocket spending on medicines contributes to inequitable access

Further, it has been reported that spending more than 5 per cent of household income out-of-pocket on drugs and pharmaceutical products is associated with prescription non-adherence. The high cost of new medicines and the increased demand for medicines in general, are challenging public health care systems, private payers, and all Canadians who have to pay for them out of pocket, either fully or partially.

And price is only one piece of the puzzle as there are policies and practices that may pose challenges to Canadians' ability to access the medicines they need in the most efficient way. Access to medicines is constrained by access to the health care system as a whole. Prescribing practices have a profound impact on appropriateness of use and access to medications.

So what can be done? And where do we start?

Join us to discuss the impact that affordable medicine could have on Canada

This event will bring together experts and stakeholders from across the country to address these issues and many others, with the goal of creating a shared vision for affordable access now, and in the future. Don`t miss this chance to explore the top issues, network with your peers, and have your say on how we can improve access to affordable medicines for all Canadians.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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Marketing Partners

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Special Contributors

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Travel Partner

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The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

Pre-Conference: Whole Health Innovation Collaborative Meeting

Don’t miss our pre-conference meeting, Whole Health Innovation Collaborative Meeting: Applying Precision to Preventative Health and Personalized Medicine, taking place on April 25th at the same venue!

Maintenance of Certification

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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 6 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

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2016 Events

Last year, two Healthy Canada events took place in Toronto:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor Package Download the Healthy Canada 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Package (PDF)

Associate your brand with the solutions, and position your organization as a leader in its field. Connect with your top prospects, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners, and thought leaders.

To learn more about exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Tracie Jones at 613-862-1566 or by e-mail, or visit our Sponsorship Benefits page.

View Our Sponsors’ Websites

Innovative Medicines Canada
Sanofi Canada
Canadian Biosimilars Forum
Lundbeck Canada Inc.
Sun Life Financial

Marketing Partners

Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Pharmacists Association
CanBiotech Innovations
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization

Special Contributors


Travel Partner

VIA Rail Canada Inc.