Advocacy

OHIP+ is a Small Step Toward Universal Pharmacare, But a Costly One

A new year brings new changes to healthcare policy. Something different for this week’s blog — sharing with you an article I wrote, published in the Toronto Star. 

In the intensive care unit, a child recovers from a diabetic coma brought on by dangerously high blood sugar after stopping his insulin injections. A young woman lies restrained on a psychiatric ward after quitting her antidepressants then attempting to take her own life. A middle-aged man listens to his doctor tell him he’ll need multiple medications so he doesn’t suffer another heart attack, but he knows he’ll never fill his prescriptions.

Potentially life-saving medicine was prescribed to each of these patients, yet the patients didn’t take it. Why? They couldn’t afford it.

Read full article here

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