"I can understand the problem with access to medications in some less-developed areas of the world. But to see it in Canada is infuriating."
I am an emergency room and family physician in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have also spent time abroad as a physician in a number of developing countries (that's Haiti in the background of my picture). In some ways, although I certainly don’t like it, I can understand the problem with access to medications in some less-developed areas of the world.
But to see it in Canada is infuriating. One of the most well-off countries on the planet, and affordability of medications is a constant issue. I see it with many of my patients in my practice as well as in the emergency room. And, I see it every day. People turn down a script because there is no point. They simply can’t afford basic antibiotics, let alone newer medications with prices that become more and more ridiculous everyday.
The government is either unwilling or unable to do anything about this very important issue. To my mind, it’s a crime to deny people access to something so basic. Yet insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are getting away with it every day. We need a national pharmacare plan now.