Liberals move forward to boost investments in health care and make sure all Canadians in Sault Ste. Marie have a family doctor
A re-elected Liberal government will make sure every Canadian has access to a family doctor, to mental health services, to affordable prescription drugs, and to national pharmacare.
Canada’s health care system is a source of pride, but too many people still slip through the cracks. Nearly five million Canadians don’t have access to a family physician or a primary care team; costs and wait times for mental health services prevent people from getting the help they need; medication, from insulin to inhalers, is too expensive.
“When the Minister of Health was in Sault Ste. Marie, we heard firsthand how the North needs more access to doctors. Today’s announcement is reflecting what I’ve heard from our community about our needs,” said Terry Sheehan, Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie. “Every person that needs medication – whether it’s insulin or an inhaler, should be able to afford it. We’re going to close the gaps in the health care system, and make sure people can get the care they need, when they need it most.”
A re-elected Liberal government will make sure Canadians can afford and access lifesaving health care.
We will improve people’s access to health care by:
ensuring that every Canadian can easily find a family doctor or primary care team;
setting clear national standards for access to mental health services so Canadians can get the support they need quickly, when they need it most; and
continuing to make home care and palliative care more available to those who need it.
We will make sure everyone can afford the medications they need by:
implementing Universal Pharmacare, so that all Canadians have the drug coverage they need at an affordable price;
establishing the Canada Drug Agency to make drug purchasing more effective and efficient, and implementing a national formulary with partners to set prices; and
bringing down the cost of lifesaving high-cost drugs for families through the Rare Disease Drug Strategy.
Our government has made some of the most needed, significant changes to Canada’s health care system in decades. Over the past four years, we have:
· helped more people access home care and mental health care through new health agreements with all the provinces and territories, allocating $11 billion in new funding;
· undertaken the most comprehensive overhaul of drug pricing in thirty years, which will save Canadians approximately $13 billion over the next decade;
· invested $500 million a year towards the creation of a rare disease drug strategy; and
· taken the first steps to building a national pharmacare system.