The Wellesley Institute and Upstream have partnered to bring to you a closer look at the health impacts of the policies that our national parties are putting forth. We know that social factors — where you live, age, play and work — have a big impact on your health, so we ask, what are our political leaders doing to address them?
Over the next few weeks as we count down to election day, we will be looking at social issues that impact our health and reporting on how the party platforms lineup. Our health should be considered in all policies.
For too many Canadians a lack of drug coverage means being unable to afford the prescription drugs that they need. A full one-third of working Canadians don’t have coverage for prescription drugs through their employer, and our patchwork of drug programs across the country leaves many unable to afford the prescription drugs they need.
A plan that addresses the issue of prescription drug unaffordability would significantly enhance the health of Canadians.
Further, prescription drug access and affordability has been found to be an issue for 23% of Canadian households. Being unable to afford their prescription drugs means that they are not getting the health coverage they need; or, they have to give up other necessities – like food – in order to pay for their drugs.
A plan that address the issue of prescription drug unaffordability and ensures that all populations across the country are able to access the drugs prescribed to them by their physicians would significantly enhance the health of Canadians.
Upstream and The Wellesley Institute work to improve health through action on the social determinants. Together we ask, what are candidates saying about your health?