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Expensive prescription drugs in Canada : Canada’s Health Care Problem - the fifth estate

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Canada's health system is a source of pride for many Canadians. But we 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. --- Subscribe for more videos from the fifth estate : http://bit.ly/25W8cpn Connect with the fifth estate online : Website : http://bit.ly/1d0FBxq Facebook : http://bit.ly/1UO9B8S Twitter : http://bit.ly/237VM8P Instagram : http://bit.ly/25W8SLs About the fifth estate : For four decades the fifth estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program. Hosts Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley continue a tradition of provocative and fearless journalism. the fifth estate brings in-depth investigations that matter to Canadians – delivering a dazzling parade of political leaders, controversial characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.
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Jannet Lane (6 дней назад)
Now because giving us generic brands we ended UP having drug shortages. Because the pharmaceutical companies still have to produce the brand names always available, so many brand names sit on shelves waiting to be ordered so the ingredients needed are sitting on shelves because generic drugs are can't be made fast enough
Liz Camsters (6 дней назад)
I agree it is amazing and stupid! I use an non profit online pharmacy instead for affordable medications ! Check it out at https://www.pharmacy-xl.com with prices 70% cheaper and free shipping.
Steven Robin (2 месяца назад)
Why all the bitching lets all scrap our free health care so we can get cheap meds or does free health care good enough dont be stupid
parkerbohnn (3 месяца назад)
Why not upload a video about someone with a need for remicade or something very similar that costs upwards of $300,000.00 dollars a year. This video must be some sort of a bad or sick joke. 5 thousand dollars a year is pocket change.
Tom Wessel (3 месяца назад)
hook blieght (3 месяца назад)
canadian government IS the root of the problem .
Conrad Gifford (4 месяца назад)
I thought drug costs in Canada were low? Was recently told the Canadian government had regulations on drugs to prevent costs from rising. Seems someone’s been lying to me. And yeah, the drugs are probably a lot more expensive in the US.
Lumber dog (5 месяцев назад)
Just wait to see the abuses a national pharma care and dental care would foster. Everyone will be on multiple drugs with 32 root canals each www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xw7dDLEiX0
Max Abramson (5 месяцев назад)
"We need to look into ways..." That's what U.S. politicians always say down here. It's impossible to get a straight answer out of any of them.
don toews (5 месяцев назад)
n he real crime is that big pharma has waged a war against natural cures that work. if i was given prescriptions for thousands of dollars a month I would certainly look for alternatives. IV vitamin C and liposomal C would save Canadians millions of $s. no one has ever died from C, can't say the same for any pharma pills
Russ Kenny (5 месяцев назад)
I really like Canadians, i am English but i have met many Canadians on my travels, the accent is great and they don't shout when they talk,unlike some other nations from across the big pond.
Confirmed Russian Bot (5 месяцев назад)
My sister lives in antarctica
Digitalhunny (5 месяцев назад)
**So, how do we **_start,_** drug care in Canada??**
The Dude (5 месяцев назад)
But u guys give illegals free stuff
Renee Ganley (5 месяцев назад)
I'm a type 2 diabetic and Metformin is the only med that works for me. The "newer" and " better" made me quite sick and I ended up in the hospital for 4 days. Go figure!
Melissa Samms (5 месяцев назад)
I didn't have insurance for about two years. In that time, I couldn't buy inhalers. The fast acting Ventolin wasn't too expensive, at about 25$, but the Flovent was over 200$, so I just went without. I am lucky that my asthma isn't severe, but my health definitely declined over that period as any cardio would trigger an asthma attack, and if I couldn't afford a Ventolin that month I had to wait and struggle to breathe for a minimum of an hour on average. Pharmacare wouldn't just save lives, it would drastically improve the quality of life for everyone with chronic illnesses.
HelenaVanCity (6 месяцев назад)
Surprise, surprise! EVERYTHING is overpriced in Canada, from books to food to housing! It's ridiculous: many Vancouverites do their grocery shopping in Seattle, Washington!!
Cookie (6 месяцев назад)
Great documentary by CbC. Learned so much here. I was angry today because I spent hours waiting to see a dermatologist, who didn’t even look at my skin condition before writing down a prescription for 2 different drugs, and then trying to make me buy a $120 skin care product that had sodium lauryl sulfate as one of its main ingredients (I can get products with the same ingredients at the grocery store for like $5). I feel like this should be illegal. Why are doctors wasting their hard earned degrees to swindle millions of our money. Their profession should be a respected one but nowadays I find it very hard to trust most doctors I see.
IO Invincible One (6 месяцев назад)
'Not in your lifetime' beautiful!!
Yol Rivers (6 месяцев назад)
Same here in the US medications are even more expensive then Canada. It's unforgivable that these drug companies make so much money but there Prescription are cheaper in other countries. I've seen people walk away from the pharmacy due the cost of a prescription.
Larry Wolf (6 месяцев назад)
Type I here in America, it's way worse here... The corporations bought and sold all our congressmen for the privilege of price gouging us. I'm broke, just to live... all because of something I have no control over. You have my sympathy, but remember, it could be worse... You could be in America. :(
N F (6 месяцев назад)
Same Prescriptions by Same Manufacturers, in 3rd world countries are available at 5-10% of the Canadian cost! Why are we paying more?
rachael wyld stacey (6 месяцев назад)
You always need to be your own advocate. Do your own research. Many drug companies have assistance programs where you can get certain meds for free. Ask about generics. A trip to Mexico once or twice a year can save you the bank, coming home with meds from a Mexican pharmacy. Online pharmacies can also save you some money, just make sure they are reputable. Online coupons and discount cards and price comparison can make a huge difference in what you pay. There are many options before just accepting and paying the price they tell you.
The Blethering Maw (6 месяцев назад)
I know this video is over a year old and sorry to steal your thunder new Zealand but Scottish prescriptions = £0
Cody Shand (7 месяцев назад)
Although my situation is not as severe as most of these I have a medical marijuana card no support at all from the government with these sometimes costing up to $50 a day I have tried every other form of medication and it is failed I have chronic pain due to tumors
Red Butterfly (7 месяцев назад)
At the end of this video i saw why canadians pay more for their health care.. Its in the golden pearl necklace old woman wearing.
Mona Al (7 месяцев назад)
Money out of politics now
Rauley Shar (7 месяцев назад)
Jews controlled market!
Sharon Mercer (7 месяцев назад)
Jane Philpott needs to go back to her physician career because she has no idea what she is doing. Like any politician, she only reinforces what we already know and NEVER NEVER answers a question. I wonder what Canadians she is consulting about the "WORK" she is doing???????????????????????????????????????
Marie Katherine (7 месяцев назад)
It's worse in the US. I always ration certain prescriptions in order to pay the rent. I guess if it catches up with me, I'd rather be found dead in my bed than in some homeless shelter or in the street.
Madame Beajou (7 месяцев назад)
As for prescriptions and doctors, they donn't know what those drugs they prescribe you really do. I had one doctor try to get me to take oxycotin, made me feel sick, took it back to pharmacy. They have no idea other than the DRUG DEALER who sells those drugs to the doctors and pharmacies what is in them or how dangerous they are. Wake up canada, its those pharmaceuticals and their agents who are doing the damage to stupid doctors
7.756.935 (8 месяцев назад)
*I pay a maximum of 350 $ PER YEAR for ALL medicines prescribed to me. I live in Scandinavia right now.*
aisan Базаркулова (8 месяцев назад)
love her son... so understanding towards his parents
DJ Jordan (8 месяцев назад)
Canadians pay the highest for everything. Government is corrupt and FAILING it's people.
Katie Kaboom (20 дней назад)
Yup including gas. They raise it and people complain and they lower it .. but over the last 3 years they brought it up more slowly and people did not complain. Now it will never go down.
Vinh Hoang (8 месяцев назад)
I think as Canadians including myself,we should be very happy that a lot of our health care is covered even tho it may not be on certain prescription drugs,but we are very lucky in like the states even giving birth can put an individual in debt which the outcome may be much worse. Or even a simple hospital visit can be there whole pay check. So even tho we have limited coverage we should still be thankful we cannot be getting everything free or at a low cost..
Ja Ja (8 месяцев назад)
time to put the drug companies on a shorter leash. Countries going deeper in debt, corporations making record profits. yep, that trend makes me want globalism even more. oh and btw how come we have millions to give terrorists?
Fab Funty (9 месяцев назад)
I'm sorry to burst your bubble Canada but in Germany we have also free healthcare ( /world's oldest national social health insurance system/ ) and here you'll have a co-payment of max. 2% of your yearly income for prescription drugs, 1% if you have a chronic disease. Even the Dentist and partial costs for dentures are covered.
hoomalumalu (9 месяцев назад)
the drug company 'buying' the doctors is horseshit
Heraldo Riviera (9 месяцев назад)
Citizen Alert! Investigate the murder of Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotx and his wife who were found HANGING n their basement!
Joseph Stymest (9 месяцев назад)
Wake up people. The flu shot is killing you slowly but surely. But don't take my word for it do your own research. Ask for the fact sheet when you get your next flu shot.- you'll be shocked at what it says. I'm a pretty healthy guy and usually only get a 24hr flu bug once maybe twice a year. About 20 years ago I got the flu shot and was laid up for 3 days. I never got the flu shot again. Why else the sudden rise in autism, add, diabetics etc etc over the last 20 years? The gov't should crack down on the drug companies. " You wanna sell that drug in Canada this xxx is all were gonna pay". Once a corp or person finds out the gov't or insurance company is paying the bill they see it as an opportunity to "jam" them. Take natural supplements when you can.
Murray Bogart (10 месяцев назад)
two basic problems. one is our proximity to the U.S. and their influence on our country through corporate America. Two is the continuing false belief that Corporations are interested in competition and can be trusted.
Adam 0104 (10 месяцев назад)
If the liberals wanna stay in office they better make the huge change now. If u can't get it done NDP will.
Sharon Mercer (10 месяцев назад)
If government members, their families and children had no drug coverage and had to go through what those with no coverage do, my guess is that it would not be long for new legislation to be in place for universal Pharmacare. Too bad we have a bunch of "Puppets" running our country, 'NO Backbone Canadian governments who care zero about Canadians.
fuckabeat (10 месяцев назад)
Oh and you know if you break your arm you won't pay for that but you'll have a blast waiting 10 hours in a waiting room filled with chaos with your dangling arm. This is facts, but hey its free
Katie Kaboom (20 дней назад)
Depends on the hour you break it. If 10am it is only a 2 hour wait ;)
Demona Black (10 месяцев назад)
I stopped trusting doctors years ago, More like , the modern day pushers.
Kevon Thomas (10 месяцев назад)
sell the house n move take the kid and get him the right treatment live small and be happy.
Kevon Thomas (10 месяцев назад)
There will be no money to retire too.watch 👀
Kevon Thomas (10 месяцев назад)
this country makes no sense 👎
Kevon Thomas (10 месяцев назад)
Canadians pay the highest rent too they are really making us broke high rent, minimum wage. (owe Canada )
Kye Talks (10 месяцев назад)
I love Andrei oh my lord.... When his mom started crying and he then he comforted her right away, and then the quip right back at the doctor about he cure..... Like wow. What an amazing kid!
Rezzereked 64 (10 месяцев назад)
im naativeee i get freeee everything :|
Maye McDonald (11 месяцев назад)
Has anything been done yet about pricing of medications. Actions speak much louder than words. I pray this is looked into stat. Thank you.
Gene Auger (11 месяцев назад)
Big pharma screws people whenever and wherever they can. And my feeling is that the governments are on their payroll.
Judy Gayton (11 месяцев назад)
Death by perscription drugs taken as prescribed are the 4th (many say 3rd) leading cause of death (to say nothing of the disability and addiction they cause.) If and when possible a natural dr should always be consulted to find and cure the root cause of the problem as opposed to Allopathic "medicine' which cures nothing, masks important symptoms (which are not diseases) and causes imbalances in the body that can cause disease. Allopathic drugs should be used as a last resort, not the 'go to" solution. Curing the root cause is in the long run, cheaper, smarter and far healthier. As with all these drug scams, buyer beware, understand the corrupt nature of the system and look to safe, effective alternatives first. Consumers speak with their choices, the system responds, NOT to loss of life (they are not healers and clearly like insurance companies, do not care about peoples health, safety or quality of life or life and death) but loss of earnings. Put yourself first by doing all that can be done alternatively before becoming a slave to a business selling substandard drugs that at best manages symptoms. Until people change the way they think and understand what is what, they will be held hostage to the unscrupulous business practices that have nothing to do with healing.
Cathy Gibson (11 месяцев назад)
U can get infection using the same needle over
The Llama Lady (11 месяцев назад)
Parents don't need to bring their kid into their financial problems. "Money doesn't grow on trees". Where do you suppose he learned THAT from??? Yeah, his mom and dad. He's gonna feel it's his fault their having problems because it's HIS medication that costs so much!
Ambrielle-Lyn McQuaker (1 год назад)
One of the medications I'm on is Vyvanse which treats ADHD and costs $158 per month. The company that makes Vyvanse still has the patent, so there is no generic. But, other drugs like Biphentin ($90), Ritalin SR ($30), Dexedrine ($43), are $68 to $128 cheaper. Vyvanse is preferred by doctors because it's newer and longer acting. For someone who will struggle to afford Vyvanse for life, I don't care if I have to take it once or three times a day, as long it's cheaper.
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
Ambrielle-Lyn McQuaker welp, there goes my degree..
Ambrielle-Lyn McQuaker (1 год назад)
It appears the patent will expire June 1 2024 according to Health Canada/
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
Ambrielle-Lyn McQuaker Same. My insurance it's $400. When is THAT patent up? And my friend who is not rich gets it cheap. How is that possible?
Marcus Aurelius (1 год назад)
As a Canadian living in Australia where there is universal drug coverage I can tell you from first hand experiences it's not perfect. To compensate the large costs the government doesn't pay for other health services that are free in Canada like you have to pay an amount to see a doctor and even to get tests done such as X-rays. As a result people are less likely to see the Dr which can have negative consequences. A more sustainable option is to keep the current system but allow special access to public drug coverage for people who certain diseases like Type 1 diabetes
Marcus Aurelius (1 год назад)
Lillie Eve that's exactly why I commend the Canadian government for being wise enough in looking at other countries to better the current system. And I hate to say it but people here in Australia are so use to paying cheap prices for their drugs that they feel entitled to the point that they complain if it cost anything above $15 meanwhile the same medication in Canada may cost $100
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
Marcus Aurelius in the states you have to pay astronomically per x-ray, ultrasound, blood test etc. And seeing a specialist is in the 100s as well, specialist meaning anyone other than your "pcp" who has to give you recommendations to see a specialist if you have an HMO plan (they almost all are now) which can take months. I'm $17,000 in debt and can't even get a credit card and it is ALL medical bills. Sorry I had a seizure and was unconscious at the time and can't afford to pay the $500 ambulance ride. It's bad here. Real bad.
Jim Paulo (1 год назад)
Does anyone know how to reach Andrei Marti's parents? As a insulin dependent diabetic, I have a surplus of supplies I could donate. I tried reaching the CBC but their producers were of no help. Thanks All!
Jim Paulo (1 год назад)
You're quite kind, Lillie. I am so blessed to have the resources that I do and it breaks my heart that Andrei is subjected to sterilizing (boiling) his needles for reuse. THAT is unexceptable. Your suggestions and help is greatly appreciated.
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
Jim Paulo it's pleasant to see kind people in the frightening world of YouTube comments.
Barb Kueber (1 год назад)
the fifth estate seems to be a bit out of touch, most Canadians don't have private insurance for drugs.
Melissa Samms (5 месяцев назад)
Barb Kueber every episode I've seen lately is pretty out of touch, or at least heavily skewed.
Brian Salomon (1 год назад)
@6:20 This guy could open up a pharmacy
Peaches Mulder (1 год назад)
I moved to a new province for school and found out after classes began that the school doesn't have health care coverage for students. The cost of my medication was the same as the cost of paying for health insurance plus what the insurance didn't cover. I paid for meds out of pocket for 8 months totalling $1200.
Candy m (1 год назад)
the lady at the end seems more talk then action
melanie powell (1 год назад)
I feel awful for you guy's I just can not imagine what it would be like to have to pay for medication How can the governments not afford to put the cost of medications in its budget, it is sickening.
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
melanie powell I live in the states and can't get a credit card cause I'm $17,000 in debt, all medical bills. From things I have no control over (epilepsy)
David S. (1 год назад)
"I chose to work as a ballet teacher and can't cover my expenses, so I will get mad at the government and burden the tax payers so that they can cover my son's costs"
Nicole (1 год назад)
Us Canadians are so lucky. we have it much better than most countries. life is expensive and unfair but it would be a lot worse.
hook blieght (3 месяца назад)
dont be so nieve
SPPV (1 год назад)
God some people are stupid. "we have no coverage. I assumed the drugs would be free" Only in Victoria do you see such retardation
Kate (1 год назад)
SPPV im in New Zealand with chronic pain after back surgery. It cost a fortune for my meds & no free health here either so no idea why people think its cheap. The cost of living is very high & wages very low also.
pdxeddie1111 (1 год назад)
the whole medical/pharmaceutical industry is a complete scam
Jollyjunklass (1 год назад)
At least the New Zealanders said we could go there, we need nice people, lol. Not a lot of countries can boast that, it was sweet!!!!,
Buddy Van Cigrit (1 год назад)
Why not just commit crime to afford life saving drugs? You'll be able to afford your medicine and if you end up in prison medicine is free. Criminal deserve drugs, you don't.
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
Buddy Van Cigrit That's a very good point.
Ape man Commeth (1 год назад)
Major corporations are the scum of the earth and should be watched by the government also there should be limits on profits on things such as drugs that can effect the individuals length and quality of life! I know that there are downsides to that because major corporations will be less likely to work on those projects knowing there's a limit to their profits! I still believe are power as consumers has been lost because most major corporations work together therefore there's no competition they all just make the choice on a price and we're stuck with it!
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
Ape man Commeth Exactly. The whole "choice" thing is an illusion, including the gen election in the states. You have 184,557 types of cereal to choose from but two (realistically available) parties to choose from (and voting makes no difference, fact). That's why I belong to no side/believe in any one system. It's all a bunch of bullshit.
Dancing Pixie (1 год назад)
I'm in the USA....our system is the most corrupted in the world! Big Pharma & Agra rule the FDA & USDA. Bayer, who bought Monsanto poisons the food supply & then provides lifelong prescription drugs for chronic illness. SICK!
Andrew Webb (1 год назад)
did the heath minister really answer any of the questions ask put to her ???????
Katie Kaboom (20 дней назад)
They never answer .. only say a lot of empty words..
rachael wyld stacey (6 месяцев назад)
Andrew Webb No, she said a lot of words, but answered nothing.
pimp_nasty666 (1 год назад)
Canada is the only developed country in the world with universal healthcare? What about Switzerland and northern European countries? Probably all more developed than Canada and all have universal heathcare
parkerbohnn (3 месяца назад)
Watch the video again... rubber lips!!
Clutch Cargo (6 месяцев назад)
pimp_nasty666 you didn't pay attention to what was being said.
David S. (1 год назад)
Change your username to "Doesn't_listen_to_what_the_host_is_saying_nasty666"
MegaSmk (1 год назад)
Yup, we have mandatory (you have to be in it, and you have to pay monthly) universal health care in Switzerland. But something is going really wrong: We pay horrendous monthly premiums - lots of people cannot come up with the money (easyily 400 or even 500 Swiss Francs for a middle-aged person), so social services have to pay for them. And statistics show that those who pay are for the most part hard-working Swiss citizens who rarely use health services at all. Those who don't pay, but constantly use the services: at the moment mostly fugitives, other immigrants (who get smart real fast once their in our country.. you can live excellently here while doing nothing but take, take, take from all kinds of social services). They run to the emergency room with every little boo boo. Ramadan? They don't eat, they faint, they rush to emergency services. Fever? Too "important" to get a doctor's appointment - they rush to emergency services. Got a rash of some kind? Better rush to the emergency room... The authorities in my country are just too dumb to install procedures which would stop this total unfairness to those who carry the load. Come on over if you're interested in living well while contributing nothing. I'm also a Canadian citizien... lucky me: I've got a choice of who I'm going to throw my money at.
Katie Lee (1 год назад)
Big pharma screws people whenever and wherever they can. They gouge everyone. Here in the states, it's such a mess. 😡 I had no idea that it was this tough for Canadians as well. I hope things get better for you guys
Heraldo Riviera (9 месяцев назад)
The very worst of it, Katie lee, is that we are being made sick by Deep State and egomaniacal kazillionairs who want us dead, yet they need us to continue to feed their life style so they only make us sick enough to need the drugs...
JB 6000 (11 месяцев назад)
The pharmaceutical industry is probably the biggest in the world today
Austin Solak (1 год назад)
We discussed this in one of my University lectures, I'll quote my Teaching Assistant who said some fine words: "There is definitely room for improvement, but some example used are a bit misleading. I think this comment summarizes them well: "The problem with this program is that they are lumping patented and generic drugs together, which is misleading when they say that "Canada pays the second highest prices for prescription drugs in the world". In Canada, patented drug prices are regulated by the PMPRB (patented medicines pricing review board). If the 5th Estate looked into this, they'd see (from the PMPRB website): "How do drug prices in Canada compare to prices in other countries? The prices of patented medicines in Canada remain at the median of international prices as defined by our comparator countries as per the Patented Medicine Regulations: France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA." The pricing of generics however in Canada is not regulated and that's where Canadians pay higher prices for the same medication vs most of the rest of the world.""
Andrew Smith (1 год назад)
We also pay the highest rates for insurance, phone plans, and mutual fund fees, among other things.
Melissa I. (1 год назад)
The problem with this program is that they are lumping patented and generic drugs together, which is misleading when they say that "Canada pays the second highest prices for prescription drugs in the world". In Canada, patented drug prices are regulated by the PMPRB (patented medicines pricing review board). If the 5th Estate looked into this, they'd see (from the PMPRB website): "How do drug prices in Canada compare to prices in other countries? The prices of patented medicines in Canada remain at the median of international prices as defined by our comparator countries as per the Patented Medicine Regulations: France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA." By this very definition, unless the price in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK are one consistent price (presumably lower than the US, which pays astronomically high prices for their meds), what they are saying makes no sense, from a branded medicines point of view. The pricing of generics however in Canada is not regulated and that's where Canadians pay higher prices for the same medication vs most of the rest of the world (and to companies that don't innovate to boot). In fact, the pill bottle they showed and talked about at the beginning of the video was an Apotex (generic Canadian company) bottle, in the NZ example, the drugs they showed in the pharmacy video were generics, all but one of the drugs they showed to the Kiwi's on the street were generic, and so was the one he showed to the Health Minister. If Canadians should be outraged, it's because they are paying excessively high prices vs the rest of the world to drug companies that just copy the work of others and don't innovate themselves. On this particular topic, The Fifth Estate is ignorant at best, misleading at worst. And if they think it's questionable that patented medication reps bring doctors a $10 lunch, they should take a look into generic sales rep practices. I'm quite certain they'd be pretty appalled by what they see...
CDNShuffle (1 год назад)
of topic but 1 bottle of rogaine hair regrowth is 100$ in canada but 4 bottles is 80$ in america. why doesnt our goverment stand up for us
Lillie Eve (1 год назад)
CDNShuffle cause life-saving (not face-saving or in this case top-of-head saving drugs cost, in my case, $80,000.)
CDNShuffle (1 год назад)
David S. i blame the state for the pricing, 100 dollars for 1 month of rogaine vs 4 months for 100$ in america. 4x the price is stupid how are we any less than the americans.
David S. (1 год назад)
you had to cop out and use rogaine to not be bald. Then blame the state over it
CDNShuffle (1 год назад)
David S. as i previously stated, im not bald
PurrPurr (1 год назад)
I hate to say that in America drugs are much more expensive.....I do try getting some of my drugs in Canada because the costs are sometimes 300% more
Katie Kaboom (20 дней назад)
Ya but the whole world knows that USA is terribly expensive when it comes to any medical care at all including meds.
Celtic Pride (1 год назад)
So just do it instead of talking
Tintin Hickey (1 год назад)
Australia has the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) in which a large number of drugs are subsidised. We also have a national health service but of course we pay in taxes for all of that but at the same time most people are forced to take out private insurance since you can be waiting weeks to see a specialist and months for essential surgery.
Shawn L (1 год назад)
Probably all in on it together blah
Shawn L (1 год назад)
Even if you have good health coverage someone's footing the bill if I was the one covering everyone's health insurance I would want a better deal on the prescription drugs I was providing the money for
Happy Fox (1 год назад)
$6.95 in Australia... oops, did I just kick Canada in the nuts? sorry... AND THAT'S THE POOR PEOPLE'S PRICE!
jackiechan511 (1 год назад)
We need a legislative price ceiling on drug costs. Also CTVs W-five did a report on drug costs and these pharmaceutical companies are just greedy. They mark up the cost of making the drug many times over. And dont forget that r&d costs are publicly subsidized as well.
doofenshmirtz (1 год назад)
Unfortunately subsidization doesn't begin to cover the cost of R&D for any of the major drug companies. The average cost of R&D that goes into developing each new prescription medication that gets approved is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
CT! (1 год назад)
I knew this would be hard to watch, but now, after watching it, I am too poor to afford a medication to rid me of the depression I am now experiencing. I live in the US, so if Canadians are being ripped off, though they manufacture many of the medications featured in this episode, we in America are simply in a hopeless case. Ugh! What a sick greed based world we live in, especially in the so-called civilized developed world!
tobivision (1 год назад)
Does anyone else think Andrea is wise beyond his years? We need affordable medications for people like him and his family! What can a regular citizen do to help this cause?
Adam 0104 (10 месяцев назад)
tobivision vote NDP
Cloud Nine (1 год назад)
David S. Zzzzzz get a life!
Cloud Nine (1 год назад)
Being from the UK where we do not need medical insurence, and our prescriptions are no where as expensive as what you have to pay, although we do get refused some medications because of the high price. I wonder though, what would happen to that wonderful little boy if his parents could not afford his medication at all. Would he be left to die? After watching this, I feel ashamed, because we moan all the time in England about our poor health service. However seeing how you struggle to buy you medication is very humbeling.
David S. (1 год назад)
To help his cause? You could spell his name right, for starters
Richard (1 год назад)
Maybe Mike Harris had something about sending us information health "bills" on our usage and what these companies and hospitals bill the govt.
Adrenalinez06 (1 год назад)
So the silly socialist millennials will cry "corporate greed thanks to capitalism!", when in reality capitalism in New Zealand and the free market is what allows this drug to be cheap for the consumer there, and corruption (see socialism) is what makes it expensive here.
Conrad Gifford (4 месяца назад)
Melissa Samms actually in the 50s US tax were as high as 90% and we had economic problems as our population grew. Around that same time we had no foreign competition from Germany or Japan since they were in the rebuild phase of ww2. Once they recovered and became competitive the US had to start outsourcing in order to compete. In the 70s we had more imports over exports and taxes were too high on the private sector and interest rates sucked under Jimmy Carter. Reagan came in and proposed his cut backs for the private sector in order for them to make their own finical decisions while making government smaller. He in fact said larger government isn’t the solution it is in fact the problem. I agree not all of Reagan’s plan was full proof because under him we got loads of deregulation’s but in the end Clinton used a lot of what he did in the 90s and it worked well for for the US. Currently CA is experiencing the highest taxes in the nation and we have a lot of people leaving and going to states with less taxes like Texas and Florida. Problem is if you want true capitalism, then the market needs to be open and free with no government limitations. Competition is what drives costs down. Yes some regulations are needed like quality of service but whenever it seems government tries to drive costs down in fact the complete opposite happens for the private sector. ACA is a great example of that. Obama said it wouldn’t effect anyone’s health insurance and go figure it did and now the healthcare industry is worse than ever.
Melissa Samms (5 месяцев назад)
I just wanna note to you that in that "golden age" of the 50s in the US, tax rates on the top bracket were like 70%. Their system was far more socialist then, in an attempt to minimise class divides. That's why today, with tax rates so low on the top bracket, we're seeing drastically growing disparity. So please, stop spreading misinformation about history.
daniel213141 (9 месяцев назад)
"..our healthcare is not as good as the United States (for those who can afford it)..." Clinical outcomes in the US are consistantly lower then Canada's as well as around 25 other countries. It's a myth the some Americans (and apparently some Canadians) like to perpetuate that because the US spends twice as much on health care as a percentage of GDP than Canada that it's better. Nothing could be further from the truth.
bmbc1310 (11 месяцев назад)
+ Pet Shop Boys Capitalism leads to monopolies. Regulations are needed to keep the market competitive. Sorry to burst your bubble.
Singh Laddi (11 месяцев назад)
Come to Spain most of the drugs are free here or cost you in pennys like metoformin 80 cents for three month supply.I use to live in nyc
TAG kelley (1 год назад)
Thank you Mark for your report . My company drug plan runs out in 36 months then I pay 700/month and heart and blood pressure meds are NOT covered by Sun or Manu Life ins plans My wife is class 2 diabetic and will have worked FT for 48 years TY Governments of Canada
Myrna Reid (1 год назад)
What year was this?
Antoinette P. (1 год назад)
This video was posted on the same day it was broadcasted: Jan 13, 2017
Chris S (1 год назад)
Try living in the US... That drug is probably $1300 here.
Katie Kaboom (20 дней назад)
Ya isn't USA the #1 most expensive for medications? Canada is #2.
waverly2468 (1 месяц назад)
In America there are three levels of government. Federal, State, and Local. Actually most of the financial mess in the USA is at the state and local level. Trump just reduced federal taxes--but many states are trying to raise their taxes like crazy because they are broke. Read the articles on wirepoints dotcom describing the financial mess in Illinois and Chicago. In Calif we pay nearly 10% sales tax. I live in a small house and my property tax bill is $1200 per year. Also check out pensiontsunami dotcom.
Jordan Smith (2 месяца назад)
bmbc1310 for like 13k
Juliette Purdy (1 год назад)
Gorgeous Boy Andrea
Brian Sanderson (7 месяцев назад)
Bad as the us
Prosperas (1 год назад)
These people should move to Quebec. They have a public prescription drug plan.
Katie Kaboom (20 дней назад)
Think Alberta has coverage t6oo
MNC Board (1 год назад)
Certainly a complex problem that has been discussed and reviewed for decades with little progress to resolve or change the situation. We must hold both our political leaders and the pharma industry to account to help resolve this growing crisis for fair and timely drug access and coverage. Canadians have, for so long, believed it is only in the US that people can't afford to pay or lose their homes or can't switch jobs for fear of losing coverage. We face similar issues in this country. It is particularly evident when it comes to high cost medications that are potentially life saving or sustaining. Patients need access but at but at a price that is sustainable for our system - we count on it and we cannot have a system that fails us when we need it most. The Federal and Provinical govenrments must make progress and ensure equitable solutions for the entire country - A.Cyr
Zohirul Islam Jewel (1 год назад)
Canadians also pay one of the highest rates for phone plans.
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Alley00Cat (1 год назад)
Congrats on taking the Youtube plunge. I love the Fifth Estate but I have always had technical problems with the CBC player. Thanks!!
TheKumba (1 год назад)
Awww when the little boy said there is no cure in ur life time but there will be a cure in my life time.. it brought a tear to my eyes
Bella (8 месяцев назад)
Isn't he amazing.
Ja Ja (8 месяцев назад)
don't hold your breath, disease is big business
Cloud Nine (10 месяцев назад)
David S. You are so sad and pathetic I almost feel sorry for you. If all you can do is sit and correct spelling and grammar. Your life must be very, very, very boring. And empty.
David S. (1 год назад)
The drug is made in Canada, $130 per year in Canada but $10 per year in new Zealand . That's stupid.
Happy Fox (1 год назад)
$6.50 in Australia, they recently dropped it to $5.50
Dunning Kruger (1 год назад)
Maybe not a lot on your income.
Karen Bell (1 год назад)
True, I have multiple medications that would cost over a hundred a month without my insurance. I agree that for people who can't afford the medications there should be a program like the New Zealand one to help them and we do it for seniors here in Canada, why not everyone.
Karen Bell what about the ten dollar per year in New Zealand? Thats way better. What if a person have five or six prescriptions pills that needs to be filled every month?

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