International Conference: A Prescription for Equity

Poster Jan 18 (1)3 million Canadians are unable to afford their prescription medication. Nine in 10 Canadians support having a National Public Drug Plan to provide universal access to prescription drugs. But what does a National Public Drug Plan look like in Canada?

Come join us April 10th-11th in Ottawa ON, to discuss how we can lower drug costs, increase drug safety, ensure equitable access for everyone across Canada, and learn lessons from countries around the world who have already implemented such a program.

Guest speakers include:

Steve Morgan, PhD
Élisabeth Gibeau
Thomas Perry, MD
MarcAndré Gagnon, PhD
Ruth Lopert, FAFPHM
Nav Persaud, MD
Julie White
Christopher McCabe, PhD
...more TBC

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Conference Schedule (subject to change)

April 10, 2017

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm THE CURRENT SITUATION IS NOT WORKING

Steve Morgan, PhD, University of British Columbia  

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Health break

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm WHAT WE DON’T WANT

  • Workplace plans must go: they’re unfair and incomplete – Julie White, Canadian Health Coalition
  • Quebec is not a model: It’s expensive and unsustainable – Élisabeth Gibeau, Union des Consommateurs
  • BC is not a model: access is poor – Jamie Daw, Harvard University

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm TBA 

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm End of day wrap up

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Evening event

April 11, 2017

9:00 am – 9:10 am Morning welcome

9:10 am – 10:15 am WE CAN AFFORD A NATIONAL PUBLIC DRUG PLAN

Marc-André Gagnon, PhD, Carleton University

10:15 am – 10:30 am Health Break

10:30 am 12:00 pm A NATIONAL PLAN FOR DRUG SAFETY AND SAFE PRESCRIBING PRACTICES

Nav Persaud, MD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Dept. of Family Practice

Tom Perry, Therapeutics Initiative UBC, Chair Education Working Group

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm INTERNATIONAL EXAMPLES – WE CAN DO IT TOO

  • Australia – Ruth Lopert, FAFPHM, The George Washington University
  • UK – Christopher McCabe, PhD, University of Alberta
  • New Zealand – Matthew Brougham, Consultant Economist

3:15 pm -3:30 pm Health Break

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm BUILDING POLITICAL MOMENTUM – WHAT’S PLANNED NEXT

Pauline Worsfold, Chair, Canadian Health Coalition and Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Concluding remarks

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