A patchwork system is one where funding is provided by a variety of private and public plans.
When asked how much the comprehensive universal drug coverage would cost, Singh did not provide a number, but said he was there to outline the NDP’s strategy more generally.
According to the Government of Canada over the past few years the proportion of overall healthcare costs spent on drugs have increased, surpassing the amount spent on physician remuneration. The Government says this is due to an uptick in the overall use of drugs and because newer more expensive medications are being rolled out.
With files from Carol Xu.