CSHP’s Position Statement on National Pharmacare
By: Chris Doody
The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) supports the development of a coordinated, national pharmacare program wherein the provision of medically necessary medications is recognized as an insured health service, meeting the primary objective of the Canada Health Act, regardless of where care is received in Canada. Such a pharmacare program would be accessible, portable, comprehensive, publicly administered, universal, and financially sustainable. It should include a national formulary of medically necessary drugs (built on a cornerstone of an essential medicines list). In addition, a pharmacare program should include information systems and decision support tools to assist prescribing and provide equitable access by patients to pharmacists regardless of location.