Steve Morgan is Director of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia. He joined the show to talk about the arguments supporting a universal pharmacare program in Canada.
Topics include the history of introducing a pharmacare program, the logistical considerations, the role of the federal government, the economic and efficiency arguments, the fears of implementing a program of this scale, the response of pharmacists and pharmacies, and the opportunity for politicians to leave behind a legacy.
The increasing use of preferred provider networks by insurers could lead to poor health outcomes for patients and undermines the importance of the pharmacist-patient relationship.
The BC College of Pharmacists will need to make changes to their inducement ban to address the concerns of consumers and the courts.
There’s not much different ethically between a mandatory vaccination policy and one that requires blood donation.
It’s time to reconsider whether prescribing authority is a right or a privilege.
Current labelling and packaging requirements for over-the-counter drugs are outdated and hinder patients from making informed health choices. Here’s an attempt at a redesign.