BCRTA Continues Efforts in Support of Pharmacare

The establishment of Universal Pharmacare is an advocacy goal of BCRTA and our national partners in ACER-CART.

The Well-Being Committee and the BC Retired Teachers’ Association (BCRTA) has been actively engaged in lobbying governments in Canada to initiate a single-payer, public and universal Pharmacare program.

It has been some time since the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare provided its interim report (see the BCRTA news story here). The BCRTA Well-being committee also highlighted a report on Pharmacare from the Broadbent Institute.

At our last AGM one of our keynote speakers, Dr. Steve Morgan, presented a comprehensive address on both the need and affordability of a national Pharmacare program.

Advocates for Pharmacare have created a series of petitions over the past few years. We note that currently BC MP Peter Julian has such a petition. You can learn more about this petition and participate by visiting https://www.peterjulian.ca/take-action.

Other steps you can take to support the cause of Pharmacare would be to:

  • Write a letter to your MP to support a universal Pharmacare program.
  • Urge your MLA to ask the provincial government to act on this issue.
  • Talk to your neighbours about their support for a Pharmacare program.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of a national universal Pharmacare program.

Terry Green
Chair of BCRTA Well-being Committee