Canada ponders a federal programme for pharmaceuticals

The Economist

14 February 2020 - The country’s vaunted public health-care system has a big gap.

In July Bernie Sanders hopped on a bus in Detroit with some Americans who have diabetes. They rode across the Canadian border to buy insulin at a tenth of the price they would pay at home. For Mr Sanders, who won the New Hampshire primary on February 11th, joining an “insulin caravan” had obvious appeal. He promises “Medicare for all”, suggesting that every American should enjoy the lavish public health spending that the elderly receive. 

He praises Canada for its tough negotiations with drug firms. “We should be doing what the Canadians do,” he declared.

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