HALIFAX – Bill Swan has suffered from severe asthma his entire life.
Now he is sharing the stories of Canadians who have been failed by the Canadian pharma-care system to highlight what he says is a failure on the part of the federal government to ensure all Canadians have access to affordable medicine.
Swan started the ‘faces of pharma-care’ website to share the stories of other people like him who are affected by the county’s lack of a national prescription drug plan.
He tells NEWS 95.7 the site was born out of frustration.
“This germinated 30 years ago,” explained Swan. “Got out of university, found out I couldn’t get drug coverage, couldn’t afford it, went to the hospital five or six times that summer.
“The frustration being here it is 30 years on, and you still get excluded from coverage if you have a pre-existing condition.”
Canada is one of the only countries with universal healthcare that doesn’t include a national pharma-care program.
If you have a story, you can submit it at facesofpharmacare.ca.