Rankin lays out Medicare plan

NDP Health Critic presents Tom Mulcair’s plan to include universal prescription drug coverage in Medicare

  • Sep. 25, 2015 6:00 a.m.

NDP Health Critic Murray Rankin laid out Tom Mulcair’s plan to include universal prescription drug coverage in Medicare last Friday in Victoria.

“An NDP government will work with provinces to negotiate an effective model for a comprehensive universal drug plan that provides relief for millions of Canadians who are struggling with high drug costs,” said Rankin, the incumbent MP candidate for Victoria.

“An NDP government will develop a universal public drug plan with provinces and territories to ensure universal access to public drug coverage for all Canadians, regardless of age or health condition.”

Rankin said the NDP would reduce drug prices by an average of 30 per cent through better bulk purchasing and collaboration with provinces and improve and expand coverage in every province with $2.6 billion in new federal funding and by reinvesting $3 billion in provincial savings from lower drug prices.