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Universal Pharmacare as an Alternative to Austerity

The shifting debate: "should we have national Pharmacare" to "what type of national Pharmacare should we implement?"

Dec 18, 2018

This week we feature a paper by Dr. Marc‐André Gagnon (Carleton University) wherein he examines the shortcomings of Canada's lacking universal healthcare system. He notes that Canada is the only country with a universal healthcare system that excludes prescription drugs. He unpacks the problems around access to prescription drugs for the working population and how the system inevitably ends up being a privilege offered by employers to employees.

You can find this paper on our Research Page under 'Spending, Reform, & Marketization'.

To learn more about Dr. Gagnon, check out his faculty page, here:

This will be the last post for the 2018 season and we will back to regular posting in the New Year! From then, we'll return to posting new content every other Tuesday morning and our AltAusterity Digest Friday mornings. To keep up with our work, you can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter @AltAusterity and join the #altausterity conversation!