Canadian Health Coalition

CETA Threats to Public Health Care in Canada

Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade  (Canadian Health Coalition, January 28, 2014)

CETA and Pharmaceuticals

Impact of the trade agreement between Europe and Canada on the costs of patented drugs  (CCPA, October 31, 2013)

CETA Media Release

100+ organizations sign transatlantic statement opposing CETA’s ‘investor rights’ chapter (Canadian Health Coalition, November 25, 2013)  

CETA Impact Assessment

An Economic Impact Assessment of Proposed Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Provisions (University of Toronto/Calgary, February 7, 2011)

Provinces, the sick and seniors will pay the CETA bill

Troy Media (Nov. 14, 2012)
Harper government caves in to Big Pharma

Media Release (Nov. 13, 2012)
Health Coalition Statement on the CETA trade deal

Canadian Press (Nov. 13, 2012)
Canada ready to offer costly drug patent concessions

CETA trade deal threatens Medicare

The Canadian Health Coalition has serious concerns about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Europe, on behalf of the big pharmaceutical companies, is pushing for Canada to lengthen the period of its monopoly drug patents and delay the availability of lower-priced generic drugs. The proposed changes would add almost $3 billion annually to Canada’s drug bill.

Canada’s high prescription drug prices are already a barrier to medically necessary medicines for millions of Canadians, and CETA will only make the situation worse.

A second threat to Canada’s public health care system in the CETA negotiations is the European demand that Canada weaken NAFTA protections that shield Canada’s health care system from international trade deals. We fought hard to get these protections and want them strengthened, not eroded.

If the Harper government is going to pursue a deal, it must negotiate a carve-out for Canada’s health care system that says “nothing in the CETA shall be construed to apply to measures adopted or maintained by a party in relation to the health sector or public health insurance”.

Canadians want the public health care system protected and improved, not traded away.


Wondering about CETA and drug costs? Don’t bother asking the Health Minister!

Canada-EU Trade Agreement: Harper negotiates higher drug costs, seniors and provinces to pay the bill

Special to the Hill Times, November 19, 2012