September 23, 2019 / 1:23 PM / 2 months ago

Canada's Trudeau promises national prescription drug plan if re-elected

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an election campaign stop in Brampton, Ontario, Canada September 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

HAMILTON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that the Liberal Party would work with the provinces to set up a national prescription drug plan and to ensure that all Canadians have a family doctor if re-elected in next month’s vote.

Speaking at a campaign rally, Trudeau gave no details on how the plan would be implemented or how much would it cost. Canada’s universal healthcare system does not include universal coverage for prescription drugs, and primary care doctors are scarce in many areas.

“We’re going to close the gaps in the health care system, and make sure people can get the care they need, when they need it most,” Trudeau said.

Reporting by David Ljunggren, writing by Allison Martell, editing by Steve Scherer

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