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Pharmacare steps in budget ‘waste of money,’ ‘meaningless’ if they don’t cover all Canadians: academics

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Observers are divided on the creation of a national drug agency, with some saying it’s a good first step, while the NDP critic says it’s ‘reorganization, not progress.’

The 2019 budget's funding to build a new Canadian Drug Agency represents 'concrete steps towards national pharmacare,' according to the office of Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Liberal plan outlined in this year’s budget to launch a new drug agency amounts to another delay on pharmacare, according to NDP health critic Don Davies, while others say it represents a small first step forward.

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