The Canadian Cancer Society is calling for a federally-funded national catastrophic drug insurance program, as reported by CTV News on September 29, 2010. This is in response to concerns that there are disparities between provinces, insurers, and between individual Canadians, who may or may not have access to affordable drug insurance. The Cancer Society also relied on a recent survey, which suggested that, once informed of the average costs for newer cancer drugs, 58 percent of Canadians felt that the costs would have a “major” negative impact on their finances. The survey also revealed that 74 percent of Canadians would support a federally-funded national catastrophic drug insurance program that paid for the full cost of prescription drugs. Of the 74 percent, 31 percent were willing to pay higher taxes and 28 percent would accept government service reductions in areas other than health care, in order to fund such a program.

For more information, please see the following links:

http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100929/cancer-drugs-100929/20100929/?hub=CalgaryHome

http://www.cancer.ca/Canada-wide/About%20us/Media%20centre/CW-Media%20releases/CW-2010/Majority%20of%20Canadians%20Worried%20about%20Cost%20of%20Cancer%20Drugs.aspx?sc_lang=en