Improving the quality of health care and accessibility for all patients.
That’s the goal of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses as president Tracy Zambory travelled to Whitehorse along with representatives from the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.
They talked to the Premiers at their annual summer meeting to lobby on a national pharmacare program and the federal government’s involvement in it.
Zambory says their breakfast meeting was well attended, but Premier Brad Wall couldn’t make it.
She understands it’s a busy time for the Premiers and was able to get a quick visit with him earlier where they talked about pharmacare.
The wheels are in motion for more meetings in Saskatchewan for collaboration on healthcare goals.
Pharmacare would mean a public drug program with more affordable drugs at possibly a small stipend as their cost which makes healthcare more accessible.
Zambory says, it may mean perhaps fewer readmissions because “there are people who have to decide between rent, groceries, or medicine and medicine ends up at the bottom of the priority list”.