The 2018 budget has confirmed the federal government is creating an advisory council on the implementation of a national pharmacare program.
Marc-André Gagnon, associate professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, believes the budget’s wording around implementation, rather than consultation, marks a real commitment to moving forward on this issue. “The advisory council is really about the implementation of a national drug plan. My understanding, in terms of the wording, is [they] want to go forward with that. The question is how do we do that, the nuts and bolts of what type of national drug plan we want to put in place.”