Published on YouTube on 13 January 2017
Canada’s health system is a source of pride for many Canadians. But they pay more for prescription drugs than almost every other country in the world — and rising drug costs are taking their toll on people across the country. Canada is the only country in the world that has universal health care but no universal drug coverage. That means millions of Canadians cannot afford live-saving medication: they are splitting their pills, cutting back on their prescriptions, going deep into debt – and sometimes, even dying. The Fifth Estate investigates the rising cost of pharmaceuticals in Canada.
At around 28 minutes the documentary profiles how New Zealand, a population the tenth that of Canada, has managed to reduce out of control drug prices. Dr Nigel Murray is also interviewed on his views of the cost of pharmaceuticals in both countries.