Last weekend I took the #PharmacareForAll tour to Vancouver Island. Thank you to the residents of Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach who came out to ask their questions and share their personal experiences. I heard many compelling stories from folks about the challenges they face affording the medications they need.

In Canada, if you cut your finger, you go to a doctor and get treated with stitches. When it’s done, you walk out and never see a bill. But if you walk into a doctor’s office and get diagnosed with an illness that requires prescription medication, you’re at the mercy of your ability to pay. That doesn’t make any sense.

With the second-highest prescription drug prices in the industrialized world, too many Canadians are forced to choose between filling their fridge and filling their prescriptions. Universal pharmacare would mean eliminating out-of-pocket costs for families and significant savings for employers, and our public health care system.

It’s time for universal pharmacare now!