Prescription drug insurance: it would be a mistake to imitate Quebec, said the FTQ

Assurance médicaments: ce serait une erreur d’imiter le Québec, dit la FTQ

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Supporters of a public plan and universal argue that this would have the advantage of having stronger leverage to negotiate better prices in the face to pharmaceutical companies.

A ten-day budgets of federal and provincial organizations that are campaigning for the introduction of a drug insurance fully public and universal argue that it would save $ 11 billion in Canada and from 1 to 3 billion in Quebec.

While Ottawa created the advisory Council on the implementation of a national drug insurance plan, a united front of organizations implores them not to emulate the quebec model.

“The solution, this is not the plan of Quebec. It would be a mistake to adopt the hybrid system of Quebec. There are problems with this hybrid system, much in part private and in part public “, exclaimed the president of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), Daniel Boyer, in an interview with The canadian Press.

The Central syndicts du Québec (CSQ), the secretary-treasurer Luc Beauregard confirms : “in recent years, insurance premiums, drugs increased from 5% to 8% per year. Result : more and more unions are taking the decision to put an end to their group insurance plan “.

Mr. Boyer, the FTQ, said that with a prescription drug insurance plan fully public and universal, Quebec could save 1 to 3 billion (depending on the terms of the plan), and Canada $ 11 billion. “And this, they are sub that we can reinvest in our public services eventually. Why deprive yourself of these 1 to 3 billion of cost savings-there ? ” asked Mr. Boyer.

It can be improved, ” said the CPQ

The Conseil du patronat du Québec, the chief economist Norma Kozhaya is far from rejecting the quebec model. “Quebec already has a model. The model that we have, this is not necessarily the most perfect model. We can maybe improve, see what works well in our system. “

However, supporters of a public plan and universal argue that this would have the advantage of having stronger leverage to negotiate better prices in the face to pharmaceutical companies.

“There are more people who do not consume their drugs because they do not have the means to buy it — nine percent of the world — despite the fact that the whole world is covered in Quebec. It is necessary to find solutions to it, ” says Mr. Boyer, that the central union has more than 600,000 members.

Ms. Kozhaya argues that there are two sides to this coin. “At the same time, the question we might ask is,” pharmaceuticals, is that they will always be encouraged to innovate, to do research and development, launch of new drugs in Quebec and in Canada ? “There may be benefits, but it should also pay attention to the disadvantages. “

On the quebec scene, Mr. Boyer claims to have exposed the problems of the hybrid system of the prime minister François Legault before the Holidays, and ” it seemed interesting “.

But for Ms. Kozhaya, the quebec employers Council, “the proof is still yet to be made that we are going to make that much effectiveness, accessibility, long-term viability” with a diet 100 % public and universal.

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