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Press Releases

Federal budget misses the opportunity to take a bold step towards universal prescription drug coverage
Apr 19, 2021
Canadian doctors were disappointed that the Federal budget released today failed to include tangible steps towards the implementation of a universal pharmacare plan. While the Liberal government claims they remain committed to pharmacare, this budget fails to include the funding required to make it happen. Canadian Doctors for Medicare has long called for the end to close this glaring gap in Canada’s health care coverage, and the need for pharmacare has never been more urgent.
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BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare mourn the passing of Joseph J Arvay, O.C, O.B.C, Q.C
Dec 09, 2020
The BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph Arvay, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C. As Coalition Intervenors in the Cambie trial, Joe was a key member of our legal team. In the legal battle to defend public health care in BC, Joe and his team were our voice in the courtroom.
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A prescription for recovery: Canadian doctors urge Trudeau government to introduce universal public drug coverage
Sep 21, 2020
Toronto (September 21, 2020) - In anticipation of this Wednesday’s Throne Speech, Canadian doctors are again calling on the government to take immediate action to implement universal, public pharmacare. “We are the only high income country in the world with a universal health care system that does not include a universal drug plan. COVID-19 has only heightened the need to close that gap,” said Dr. Danyaal Raza, Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and family physician in downtown Toronto. “Canada also has the third highest per capita drug spending in the world. It is clear that the status quo is...
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Cambie ruling a victory for public health care in Canada
Sep 10, 2020
(Unceded Coast Salish Territories - Vancouver, BC) In today’s landmark ruling in the Cambie Surgery Centre case, Justice Steeves dealt a strong blow to the efforts of Dr. Brian Day and others to undermine Canada’s publicly-funded health care system. The decade-long legal attack launched by one of the largest for-profit surgical centres in Canada sought to invalidate key sections of the BC Medicare Protection Act (MPA). This decision ensures that access to health care will continue to be based on need and not on ability to pay. “This is a historic victory against profit-driven health care in Canada,” said Dr. Danyaal Raza,...
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Statement of solidarity in the fight against anti-Black racism
Jun 02, 2020
The events of the last week have served as a painful reminder that anti-Black racism impacts the lives of so many, with our own unique history and political context in Canada beyond that which occurs in the US. As an evidence-based organization dedicated to better health and health care, we know that racism has a profound influence on peoples' health and wellbeing in many ways, including their ability to access health care.  We denounce racism against all racialized communities and particularly, stand in solidarity with our Black members and supporters, as well as Black communities across Canada and the US...
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Canadians deserve real action on national pharmacare
Dec 05, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) is discouraged by the Government of Canada’s insufficient pledge to move forward on universal public pharmacare in today’s Speech from the Throne, and calls on the government to provide details on investments and timelines that are more reflective of its campaign promises now that the 43rd Parliament is in session.
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Job and health services cuts not what Albertans voted for
Dec 02, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare are deeply concerned over proposed and wide-ranging cuts to health care services in Alberta, including a reduction in acute care beds, layoffs for nursing staff and cuts to physician services, appearing to predominantly target family physicians serving complex and inner city patients.
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Closing defense statements to proceed in Cambie trial
Nov 22, 2019
Closing statements for the defense are scheduled to begin on Monday, 25 November 2019 before the Supreme Court of British Columbia in a landmark legal challenge that threatens the central organizing principle of Canada’s public health care system – that care should be provided first to those who need it most, not to those who can afford to pay for quicker access.
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CDM congratulates Health Minister Patty Hajdu
Nov 20, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare congratulates the Hon. Patty Hajdu on her appointment today as the Minister of Health, and looks forward to working with her ministry and government on the implementation of national pharmacare and the strengthening of the Canada Health Act.
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CDM congratulates the Liberal Party on its election victory
Oct 22, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) congratulates the Liberal Party of Canada on winning re-election, and urges the new government to make a clear and substantial commitment to implementing universal public pharmacare in its 2020 federal budget.
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CDM in the News

National pharmacare a key element missing from Freeland budget
Toronto Star (April 20, 2021)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Melanie Bechard and Executive Vice Chair Dr. Hasan Sheikh

When will the Liberal government keep its promises on national pharmacare?
Toronto Star (March 6, 2021)
Written by CDM Board members Dr. Bernard Ho, Dr. Osman Raza and Andriy Katyukha

Vaccines, prices and a pandemic
Healthy Debate (February 2, 2021)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza

Private virtual health services are booming in a ‘policy vacuum’
Toronto Star (January 17, 2021)
CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza is quoted

Tight controls on COVID-19 vaccine may limit queue-jumping for the well connected
CBC News (December 16, 2020)
CDM Board members Dr. Joel Lexchin and Dr. Monika Dutt are quoted

When it comes to our health care, Albertans will not be silenced
CBC Opinions (November 17, 2020)
Written by CDM Board Members Dr. Thara Kumar and Kavya Anchuri

Private COVID-19 testing proves we are not all in this together
Toronto Star (October 14, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza & CDM Member Dr. Naheed Dosani

Is pharmacare worthy of the throne?
CBC Radio's The House (September 18, 2020)
CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza was interviewed about national pharmacare in advance of the throne speech

Cambie court decision a victory but health care still requires changes
Toronto Star (September 14, 2020)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Monika Dutt and Ed Broadbent

Bill 30 gives Albertans health care that's profit-driven instead of patient-driven
Edmonton Journal (August 6, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza and board member Dr. Thara Kumar

Surgical backlog must not be fixed at the expense of the healthcare system
Healthy Debate (August 4, 2020)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Thara Kumar and CDM member Dr. Lesley Barron

COVID-19 highlights an urgent need to expand access to healthcare for all
National Newswatch (June 14, 2020)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Ritika Goel, CDM Member Dr. Arnav Agarwal, and Mac Scott as part of the the Healthcare for All National Coalition.

Let’s keep profit out of long-term care
Toronto Star (May 6, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza and member Dr. Amina Jabbar

COVID-19 crisis lays bare the importance of universal medicare
iPolitics (April 17, 2020)
Written by CDM Board Members Dr. Melanie Bechard and Dr. Thara Kumar

The mobile health care app touted by the Alberta government has flaws
Maclean's (April 14, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza and Board Member Dr. Jillian Ratti

A rescue package includes expanding medicare
Toronto Star (March 25, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza and Dr.Hasan Sheikh

How labour policy in both Canada and the U.S. affects the spread of coronavirus
Maclean's (March 13, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza and Dr. Kate Hayman from the Decent Work and Health Network

Canada’s publicly funded health system under threat: Three things you should know about the Charter challenge
The Province (March 4, 2020)
Written by CDM Board Members Dr. Rupinder Brar and Dr. Richard Klasa

How a B.C. court case over doctors’ rights to privately charge extra fees could endanger Medicare
The Globe and Mail (February 22, 2020)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza

Toronto parents of baby needing $2.8M drug turn to Swiss drugmaker's dose lottery as a last resort
CBC News (December 31, 2019)
Featuring quotes from CDM Board Member Dr. Joel Lexchin

Private pay won't reduce wait times
Winnipeg Free Press (December 19, 2019)
Written by CDM Board Members Dr. Rupinder Brar and Dr. Richard Klasa

Launch of doctor app a wake-up call for Saskatchewan's health system, says expert
CBC News (December 4, 2019)
Featuring quotes from CDM Board Member Dr. Melanie Bechard

The cautionary tale of Cambie and Australian health care
The Toronto Star (December 3, 2019)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza, Dr. Bob Bell and Stefan Superina

Doctors worried about Alberta government’s proposed cuts, changes to compensation
Global News (December 3, 2019)
Featuring quotes from CDM Board Member Dr. Jillian Ratti

National pharmacare—the time is now
Maclean's (November 27, 2019)
Written by CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza and the Hon. Dr. Jane Philpott

What's at risk in the B.C. Supreme Court hearing on health care? The future of our system
The Globe and Mail (November 22, 2019)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Melanie Bechard and Dr. Ali Damji

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care
CTV News (November 17, 2019)
Featuring quotes from CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza

On World Diabetes Day, let’s commit to fair and affordable drug coverage
North99 (November 14, 2019)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Thara Kumar

Universal health care on trial: What you need to know about a historic Charter challenge in B.C.
The Globe and Mail (November 12, 2019)
Featuring quotes from CDM Board Member Dr. Rupinder Brar

New Liberal minority must keep national pharmacare promise
The Toronto Star (November 7, 2019)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Thara Kumar

Seeing a family doctor just got even harder in Ontario
The Conversation (October 23, 2019)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Joel Lexchin

What a Liberal minority government will mean for the health of Canadians
The Conversation (October 22, 2019)
Written by CDM Board Member Dr. Joel Lexchin

Experts on pharmacare and the opioid crisis say important healthcare issues are missing from political platforms and debates
CBC Metro Morning (October 9, 2019)
On-air interview with CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza

Can any of the federal parties pull off a national pharmacare program?
CTV Your Morning (Octber 8, 2019)
On-air interview with CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza