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Pharmacare is on the table. Will anyone make it happen?

A variety of pills and capsules.

In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s the missing piece of Canada’s health-care puzzle. Most actual “care” in this country is covered and never refused, but millions of people still struggle to afford the medicines they’re prescribed. A long-awaited set of recommendations suggests Canada fix that by adopting a national, single-payer pharmacare plan. But that’s easier said than done.

What would it take to get prescription drugs covered in this country? How much would it cost? What kind of difference would the average Canadian see? And given that these recommendations come months before an election that seems destined to be about affordability, where do Canada’s political parties stand on pharmacare?

GUEST: Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliament Hill reporter

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