Canada is not unique in experiencing a sustainability issue with regards to funding health care, but that is not an excuse to ignore the problem. One way or another, Canadians are going to have to find a way to pay for new treatments.
Canada's public spending on drugs ranks 21st of 24 OECD industrialized countries. We have no coordinated national drug strategy to deal with this essential element of health care and drug coverage remains outside of our universal public insurance system.
Immunization is generally thought to be the best and most cost-effective way to protect children from several life-threatening infectious diseases. Global immunization efforts save millions of lives every year, and new vaccines are being developed that pr