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Two ways forward for national pharmacare

The ‘fill-the-gaps’ approach is mere code for more of the same: high prices and problems with access.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, speaks to reporters to announce the remaining members of the council on June 20 in the House foyer. They are set to release their final report in spring 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The case for universal pharmacare is compelling and clear-cut. But as the federally appointed advisory group led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins prepares the blueprint for a national plan, Ottawa must brace itself for negotiations with the provinces and territories.

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