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Highlights from expert panel report on national pharmacare plan

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OTTAWA — An expert panel is calling for a universal, single-payer national pharmacare plan. Here’s what it recommends:

— The federal government should work with provinces and territories to create a national pharmacare program that works like public health care, in that it is “universal, comprehensive, accessible, portable and public.”

— National pharmacare should be delivered by provinces and territories, governed by federal legislation and supported by federal funding in line with “agreed-upon national standards.”

— The federal government should work with the provincial and territorial governments to begin to implement national pharmacare as soon as possible, with a new financing agreement to be developed jointly by governments and with Ottawa paying the incremental costs.

— Federal, provincial and territorial governments should work together to create an arm’s-length drug agency to oversee national pharmacare, with its first task to be creating a list of drugs to be covered by the plan

— The initial formulary should be chosen from a list of essential medicines covering most major conditions, representing half of prescriptions, to be made available through national pharmacare by Jan. 1, 2022.

 — A strategy and plan for funding access to expensive drugs for rare diseases to be implemented by Jan. 1, 2022.

— Co-payments under the plan should be limited to $2 per prescription for essential medicines and $5 per prescription for all other drugs on the national formulary with an annual limit of $100 per household. It says those living with disabilities, people on social assistance and low-income seniors should be exempt from these payments.

 

The Canadian Press

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Renee at Primary Care Network has some tips on managing anxiety

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Renee, one of our PCN Mental Health Counselors describes some tips to manage anxiety and practice the 2-1 breathing technique which is helpful in activating your calming (parasympathetic) nervous system.

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Red Deer PCN sends thanks to the Women’s Fun Run organinzing committee

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Thank you, Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run: Re-Imagined!

The Red Deer Primary Care Network would like to thank Val Jensen and the Women’s Fun Run organizing committee for a hugely successful ‘Fun Run Re-Imagined’ on May 9th.

Thank you for your part in creating a culture of active living in Red Deer! Almost 1700 participants of all ages made a commitment to be active, from Lark Lund (4 days old) to Nick and Ann Milkovich (96 and 94 years young).

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