Event description

With 91% of Canadians in support of implementing a universal  pharmacare program, it is bound to be a hot topic in the upcoming election.  The Liberal government has initiated a cross-country dialogue with the creation of the the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, chaired by Dr. Eric Hoskins, the former Ontario health minister. The advisory council is currently hearing from Canadians across the country, with its final report due in Spring 2019.

A top priority is creating pharmacare options that address the current gaps in coverage by providing insurance options for the uninsured, and addressing under-insurance gaps that may cause financial hardship or barriers to access. But add in the cost of implementing a nationwide program, and  a new University of Toronto report that claims a universal pharmacare program is at risk due to stalled NAFTA negotiations, and this matter is far from resolved.

Join Before the Bell on October 4 with special guest hosts David Akin and Shawn McCarthy  and an incredible lineup including Bill Casey, MP (Cumberland-Colchester, NS) Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, to examine this issue and discuss if Dr. Hoskins can really deliver a prescription that works for Canadians.

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David Akin

  • Chief Political Correspondent, Global News

Bill Casey MP

  • MP (Cumberland-Colchester, NS) Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on Health

Corinne Pohlmann

  • Canadian Federation for Independent Business
  • Senior VP, National Affairs and Partnerships

Joelle Walker

  • Director, Public Affairs Canadian Pharmacists Association

Janet Yale

  • President and CEO, Arthritis Society (Canada)


October 4, 2018
8:00 am