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Pharmacare debate a symptom of chronic electoral grandstanding

By Tim Powers      

It looks like we are about to step backwards as politicians want to be safe in talking about some romantic health-care system that doesn’t exist as opposed to the one that does.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor speak to the media in June 2018. The group's June 12 final report will become a political football heading into the fall election, write Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—On June 12, an advisory council appointed by the Trudeau government recommended the establishment of a universal, single-payer public pharmacare system. When fully actualized in 2027, it is estimated it would cost $15-billion dollars per year.

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