With fears related to COVID-19 and the economy running high, a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute reveals near universal support for some sort of public pharmacare plan. However, it also inadvertently revealed that, despite such support, most Canadians don’t actually need it.
Conducted in partnership with a list of experts who have long advocated for a national publicly-funded plan, the survey reports that 86 per cent of respondents support “the concept of having pharmacare” in Canada.
But the same survey also reports that 72 per cent have “most or all of the cost of their prescriptions covered by insurance and government support.”
A much lower (though concerning) 23 per cent of respondents report having difficulty paying for their prescriptions.