Jan 20, 2016
By Jane Brown
Health Ministers from across Canada are meeting in Vancouver starting today for their first review of the election promises made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, including a pledge to provide $3-billion in home care funds.
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says at this stage, what’s important is developing a good working relationship together and identifying priorities.
Pharmaceutical costs are expected to be up for discussion during the two-day meeting. It was announced yesterday by the federal government that it would join with provinces and territories in the bulk purchase of pharmaceuticals, a move aimed at making medication cheaper for Canadians.
The ministers will also likely discuss a new law in the works to make doctor assisted death legal in Canada. Legalizing marijuana is expected to come up as a discussion point as well.
A Canadian Cancer Society report earlier this month urged the health ministers to adopt a national policy on palliative care for all Canadians.