Over the past several decades, numerous options for pharmacare reform in Canada have been studied and discussed. In the course of this debate, there have been many ideas and little consensus.
At present, almost every Canadian is enrolled in or eligible for some form of publicly funded prescription drug coverage. However, this coverage varies considerably across regions and can be confusing for patients, caregivers, and prescribers. Every province and territory has asserted their jurisdiction over health care and developed their own unique publicly funded prescription medication insurance plans.
This report reviews several major proposed models for pharmacare reform as part of The Conference Board of Canada’s National Pharmacare Initiative.