Press Release: Liberals commit to boost investments in health care to ensure all Northerners and Canadians have a family doctor and prescription medicine

(KENORA) September 23, 2019 — Today, Bob Nault, Liberal candidate for the Kenora Riding, announced that a re-elected Liberal government will significantly boost health care investments to make sure that all Canadians and Northerners have access to a family doctor, mental health services and affordable prescription drugs, through a National Pharmacare program.

“Canadians and Northerners are extremely proud of Canada’s public Health Care system as it is one of the best in the world,” stated Nault. “That’s why we will invest an additional $6 billion over the next four years to make Canada’s public health system even stronger,”

“In the North, health care is a priority, yet far too many people can still slip through the cracks because of the challenges we face in a riding that is unique, and encompasses 1/3 of Ontario’s land mass. Specialized care, like mental health services, can often be difficult to access, and prescriptions are expensive, which then forces people to make difficult decisions in order to pay for their medications. Closing the gaps in the health care system and making sure Northerners can get the quality care they need, when they need it most, is a top priority of mine.

“Today, the reality is that one in five Canadians find it very difficult to even pay for their prescription medicines, while three million don’t fill their prescriptions because  they can’t afford to,” added Nault. “In addition, Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. To me this is totally unacceptable, and that’s why we will implement a Universal Pharmacare program when re-elected.

“In Ontario, Doug Ford’s cuts to OHIP, mental health, midwives, dementia, and general hospital funding is forcing Ontarians into hospital hallways and leaving them without the care they need The bottom line is we need to invest into our public health care system to make it even better for all Canadians – and I can assure you that won’t happen under a Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer government.

“Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer’s conservatives believe that the way to improve Canada’s public Health Care system is to first make cuts and then let the private sector deliver health care. That has always been the conservative way, and that won’t change.  As a Canadian, I can assure you that a re-elected liberal government will stand up to Andrew Scheer and Doug Ford.

Nault concluded, “So again, the choice is clear, while Liberals choose to invest, Conservatives want to cut.  “I choose to invest for the future – it’s as simple as that.”

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A re-elected Liberal government will make sure Canadians and Northerners can afford and access lifesaving health care.

Steps include: Improving 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.

Making 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.

Over the past four years, the Liberal government has made some of the most needed, and significant changes to Canada’s health care system in decades by:

● helping 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;

● undertaking  the most comprehensive overhaul of drug pricing in thirty years, which will save Canadians approximately $13 billion over the next decade;

● investing $500 million a year towards the creation of a rare disease drug strategy; and

● taken the first steps to building a national pharmacare system.

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BACKGROUNDER: Liberals to boost investments in health care for Canadians

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To arrange an interview with Bob Nault, contact:

Joel Tallerico

(403) 993-8465