A Truly Comprehensive Universal Healthcare System
Canada is the only country in the world with a universal medicare system that excludes prescription drugs. Similarly, dental care and mental health services are not included in the Canada Health Act. Finally, many people can’t access the care they deserve. This includes seniors, who can’t access or afford the long-term care and homecare they need; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, who still face significant health inequities and lack equal access to culturally appropriate care in their communities; transgender people, who face discriminatory care and extreme waitlists for gender-affirming care; and migrant workers and temporary residents, who face barriers and restrictions in accessing care.
We will advocate for federal NDP action to:
- Implement universal single-payer pharmacare program. Bulk pharmaceutical purchasing would create savings of $11.5 billion per year across the entire economy.
- Implement universal dental care and mental health services. Extend the principles of universal medicare to both by including them in the Canada Health Act.
- Provide universal homecare and long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. Expand the Canada Health Act to include both universal home care and palliative care. Expand the number of quality care spaces available. Develop a National Seniors’ Strategy that establishes common standards and ensures high-quality care.
- Implement the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action on Indigenous Health. End systemic racism in healthcare and ensure Indigenous communities have the necessary resources to design a system that works for them.
- Guarantee trans inclusive health services. Ensure Trans people have access to the health care they deserve, including gender-affirming medications, transition-related care, and trans and non-binary affirming medical professionals.
- Full and immediate coverage for temporary residents and migrant workers.