SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

November 02, 2007 17:01 ET

SEIU Canada: Universal Drug Plan Makes Good Sense

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2007) - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is announcing today its total support for the Saskatchewan NDP proposed universal prescription drug plan. SEIU has campaigned to save Medicare for years on both provincial and federal fronts.

"Saskatchewan is a leader when it comes to health care legislation," says International Canadian Vice-President Sharleen Stewart, "It is the birthplace of Medicare and one of the first provinces to make safety-engineered medical devices mandatory in all health care facilities, and Saskatchewan will be the leader in universal drug coverage if the NDP are re-elected."

Critics told Tommy Douglas that Medicare was not sustainable and that the province could not afford it. Saskatchewan proved those cynics wrong, and the entire nation adopted Douglas' vision.

"Experts agree that this provincial drug plan is sustainable and will help everyone in Saskatchewan. Farmers, families, children, students, seniors, every resident will benefit," said Stewart. "The Saskatchewan Party's plan excludes everyone except those 14 and under or 65 and older."

Steve Morgan from the University of British Columbia is quoted in the Regina Leader-Post, October 12, 2007, saying: "Canadians pay more money on prescription drugs than we do paying doctors for all the services they provide for us." The NDP plan will allow everyone to be free of the worry of how to pay for high prescription drug costs.

A universal drug program would allow drug therapy treatments to be fully utilized, and allow for people to manage their health issues before surgery is needed. Fixed prescription costs will allow business to re-invest benefit plan money into other aspects of their health care plan. Instead of paying for ever rising prescription drug costs, individuals will be able to afford to participate in a more healthy lifestyle and alternative therapies.

"The NDP appears to be the only political party that has the courage and conviction to do what is fair by sharing the economic benefits of Saskatchewan with all the citizens of Saskatchewan," Stewart adds. "We are hoping that they will lead the rest of the country to a universal, affordable, comprehensive prescription drug plan as a pillar of Medicare."

The Service Employees International Union is the largest and fastest growing union in North America, with 98,000 workers in Canada and 1.8 million workers worldwide.

Contact Information

  • SEIU Canada
    Sharleen Stewart
    SEIU International Canadian Vice-President
    (416) 209-7741
    or
    SEIU Canada
    Christine Miller
    National Representative - Communications
    1-800-337-3798 ext. 224 or (416) 576-5041