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Committees

District 3 - Current Events

2017 Fall Senate - Resolutions Passed

Bill 21- An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes

Health & Wind Turbines  (Political Advocacy)

A Misuse of Public Funds  (Political Advocacy)

"Wind Turbines in Algoma"   --  Visit SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma Region)

RTO/ERO Provincial Report on CETA

Responses to CETA from the Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers

(Canada & EU Free Trade)

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Hope everyone had a great summer!  Thank you to all members who

will continue to be part of this important committee! Special welcome

to new members Patricia and George Pateman and Marion and Bruce

Avery. Also, welcome to Barbara Jarvis who will take over the reins

from Linda Lola as our representative in Wawa.  Please remember to

let your caller know when you will attend a meeting and if you are

bringing a guest. If your friend received a call, they should report their

wish to attend to their caller, that way we will not be counting members

twice.  Our attendance number needs to be as accurate as possible

for seating arrangement and food preparation. Looking forward to

seeing many of you at the Legion on Tuesday, October 16!

We thank these new members along with the rest of the Committee,

Geraldine Yeo    Ruby Buck      Monika Marshall Marilyn Rouleau       Carmen Charsley Sandy Fulcher Mary Coulas     Brenda Wilson           Leone Hamilton Delmer Weber Loretta McKay      Sandra Gordon Janet Morris      Ida MacKinnon Diane Marshall Marg and Bob Cole        Ann Blake Carol McFarlane Kathryn Greening  Carol Kirkland-Boissineau Merrilyn Webb Linda  Iiola     Rita Wagner            Moyra  O’Pallie Rose-Marie Valade  Jean Kniahnicki    Joan Smith Maureen Gooderham     Mirian Birkinshaw  Bernice Whalen Blair Sterling           Laurian   Montgomery   Judith Pratt Jean Campbell     Mary Eaton    Marny Pollard Carol Rossetto    Alice Ward    Linda MacDonald Barbara Jarvis    

Thank you to all our callers!

Remember, if you can’t make a meeting, please call Carmelina

ASAP to cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

Telephone Committee
National Pharmacare…. Have your say It is time for a national prescription drug plan for all Canadians. One in ten Canadians does not take his or her prescribed medications or tries to eke them out over longer than advised time periods due to the high cost of many medications. This results in higher costs to our health care system in the long run as health issues become more serious and health interventions more drastic. Many Canadians have some system of prescription drug coverage, but there is huge variance in the terms of coverage. That means that even Canadians with prescription drug coverage are often confronted with high costs of drug prescriptions. Research has shown that a national pharmacare plan would save Canadians billions of dollars in drug costs. Pharmacare is a system of health insurance that provides people with access to necessary prescription drugs. The federal government is presently considering a national pharmacare plan, but there are different versions of what form this plan might take. According to the Canadian Health Coalition, “A national public drug plan is necessary for three reasons: to address the lack of access to prescription drugs under current plans, to control the high price of drugs and to ensure drug safety and proper prescribing practices. Canada needs a national drug plan that is publicly funded and administered, controls costs, provides universal access and ensures the safe and appropriate use of medications.”   The Canadian Health Coalition believes that we need to ensure that the following principles are implemented. These principles align closely with the Canada Health Act. 1. Universal. It would cover everyone equally, regardless of age, income or where you live. Provincial and territorial public drug plans could be expanded and would receive federal funding and oversight to ensure the same standard of service across the country. 2. Public and Single Payer. Public health care has been shown repeatedly to provide better health care at lower cost than for-profit private health systems. A national drug plan should be publicly funded by government, following the same principle as the provision of doctors and hospitals under the Canada Health Act. 3. Comprehensive, Safe and Effective. The list of drugs to be covered should be comprehensive, including the drugs necessary for a healthy population. Currently, there is much influence by pharmaceutical companies in the approval of new drugs and the prescribing practices of doctors. Pharmaceutical companies also act in their own interests and have a great deal of influence in the production and promotion of many unnecessarily expensive drugs. If the evaluation and approval of drugs and the guidelines for prescribing them were independent of pharmaceutical companies, our medications would be safer, more effective and prescribed appropriately. 4.  Accessible A national drug plan should be accessible to everyone. If co-pays for prescription drugs were eliminated those who cannot afford the co-pays would still be able to access the drugs they need. One in ten Canadians are unable to take the drugs prescribed for them, because they cannot afford either the entire cost or the co- pays required by public and work- based plans. Canadians pay over one-quarter of the cost of drugs out of their own pockets. We don’t pay to see a doctor or go to a hospital, and drugs are just as essential. 5.  Affordable. A National Public Drug Plan covering everyone would be less expensive than our patchwork of many different private and public plans. A Canada-wide plan would allow effective negotiations for lower prices with the drug companies, backed by the power of access to the whole population. This system is used effectively in many countries to obtain much lower prices for drugs than we pay in Canada. Every independent economic study has found that a National Public Drug Plan would be cheaper than our current costs for drugs, with estimated savings of $4 to $11 billion. The federal government consultation, which is being conducted by the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, is responsible for looking at various pharmacare models and will make recommendations as to the kind of plan we get and who is covered. The government is inviting everyone to have his or her say. The online questionnaire can be accessed at:  https://www.letstalkhealth.ca/pharmacare Or a written submission can be sent by email or mail: Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare Secretariat Brooke Claxton Building 70 Colombine Driveway Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9 Email: pharmacare-assurancemedicaments@canada.ca Submitted by Marie DellaVedova, Member at Large with information from the Canadian Health Coalition Website: http://www.healthcoalition.ca
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  

Committees

District 3 - Current Events

2017 Fall Senate - Resolutions Passed

Bill 21- An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes

Health & Wind Turbines  (Political Advocacy)

A Misuse of Public Funds  (Political Advocacy)

"Wind Turbines in Algoma"   --  Visit SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma

Region)

RTO/ERO Provincial Report on CETA

Responses to CETA from the Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers

(Canada & EU Free Trade)

Telephone Committee
Our Telephone Team is indispensible!

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Hope everyone had a great summer!  Thank you to all members

who will continue to be part of this important committee! Special

welcome to new members Patricia and George Pateman and

Marion and Bruce Avery. Also, welcome to Barbara Jarvis who will

take over the reins from Linda Lola as our representative in Wawa. 

Please remember to let your caller know when you will attend a

meeting and if you are bringing a guest. If your friend received a

call, they should report their wish to attend to their caller, that way

we will not be counting members twice.  Our attendance number

needs to be as accurate as possible for seating arrangement and

food preparation. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the

Legion on Tuesday, October 16!

We thank these new members along with the rest of the Committee, 

Geraldine Yeo   

Ruby Buck     

Monika Marshall  

Marilyn Rouleau      

Carmen Charsley

Sandy Fulcher     

Mary Coulas    

Brenda Wilson          

Leone Hamilton   

Delmer Weber

Loretta McKay     

Sandra Gordon          

Janet Morris     

Ida MacKinnon

Diane Marshall        Marg and Bob Cole       

Ann Blake

Carol McFarlane 

Kathryn Greening   Merrilyn Webb   

Maureen Gooderham   Rita Wagner       

Moyra  O’Pallie        Rose-Marie Valade 

Jean Kniahnicki

Joan Smith    

Mirian Birkinshaw   Bernice Whalen    

Blair Sterling

Jean Campbell    

Mary Eaton 

      

Marny Pollard      

Carol Rossetto   

Alice Ward   

Linda MacDonald    Linda Liola          

Judith Pratt

Carol Kirkland-Boissineau

           Laurian Montgomery 

Barbara Jarvis

Thank you to all our callers!

Remember, if you can’t make a meeting, please call Carmelina ASAP to

cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

National Pharmacare…. Have your say It is time for a national prescription drug plan for all Canadians. One in ten Canadians does not take his or her prescribed medications or tries to eke them out over longer than advised time periods due to the high cost of many medications. This results in higher costs to our health care system in the long run as health issues become more serious and health interventions more drastic. Many Canadians have some system of prescription drug coverage, but there is huge variance in the terms of coverage. That means that even Canadians with prescription drug coverage are often confronted with high costs of drug prescriptions. Research has shown that a national pharmacare plan would save Canadians billions of dollars in drug costs. Pharmacare is a system of health insurance that provides people with access to necessary prescription drugs. The federal government is presently considering a national pharmacare plan, but there are different versions of what form this plan might take. According to the Canadian Health Coalition, “A national public drug plan is necessary for three reasons: to address the lack of access to prescription drugs under current plans, to control the high price of drugs and to ensure drug safety and proper prescribing practices. Canada needs a national drug plan that is publicly funded and administered, controls costs, provides universal access and ensures the safe and appropriate use of medications.”   The Canadian Health Coalition believes that we need to ensure that the following principles are implemented. These principles align closely with the Canada Health Act. 1. Universal. It would cover everyone equally, regardless of age, income or where you live. Provincial and territorial public drug plans could be expanded and would receive federal funding and oversight to ensure the same standard of service across the country. 2. Public and Single Payer. Public health care has been shown repeatedly to provide better health care at lower cost than for-profit private health systems. A national drug plan should be publicly funded by government, following the same principle as the provision of doctors and hospitals under the Canada Health Act. 3. Comprehensive, Safe and Effective. The list of drugs to be covered should be comprehensive, including the drugs necessary for a healthy population. Currently, there is much influence by pharmaceutical companies in the approval of new drugs and the prescribing practices of doctors. Pharmaceutical companies also act in their own interests and have a great deal of influence in the production and promotion of many unnecessarily expensive drugs. If the evaluation and approval of drugs and the guidelines for prescribing them were independent of pharmaceutical companies, our medications would be safer, more effective and prescribed appropriately. 4.  Accessible A national drug plan should be accessible to everyone. If co-pays for prescription drugs were eliminated those who cannot afford the co-pays would still be able to access the drugs they need. One in ten Canadians are unable to take the drugs prescribed for them, because they cannot afford either the entire cost or the co- pays required by public and work- based plans. Canadians pay over one-quarter of the cost of drugs out of their own pockets. We don’t pay to see a doctor or go to a hospital, and drugs are just as essential. 5.  Affordable. A National Public Drug Plan covering everyone would be less expensive than our patchwork of many different private and public plans. A Canada-wide plan would allow effective negotiations for lower prices with the drug companies, backed by the power of access to the whole population. This system is used effectively in many countries to obtain much lower prices for drugs than we pay in Canada. Every independent economic study has found that a National Public Drug Plan would be cheaper than our current costs for drugs, with estimated savings of $4 to $11 billion. The federal government consultation, which is being conducted by the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, is responsible for looking at various pharmacare models and will make recommendations as to the kind of plan we get and who is covered. The government is inviting everyone to have his or her say. The online questionnaire can be accessed at:  https://www.letstalkhealth.ca/pharmacare Or a written submission can be sent by email or mail: Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare Secretariat Brooke Claxton Building 70 Colombine Driveway Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9 Email: pharmacare-assurancemedicaments@canada.ca Submitted by Marie DellaVedova, Member at Large with information from the Canadian Health Coalition Website: http://www.healthcoalition.ca