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June 29, 2005

TALK ABOUT A PREEMPTIVE STRIKE (by guest blogger Dawn Summers)

“Canada cannot be the drugstore for the United States,” Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh told reporters at a news conference.

“In light of potential American legislation legalizing the bulk import of Canadian prescription and other medications, our priority must be the health and safety of all Canadians and the strength of our health care system,” he said.


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The reason Canadian drug prices are lower is that Canada limits pain and suffering awards to $250,000.
In the US, drug companies face unlimited liability.
In the US we have a direct transfer of wealth from workers to the lawyers through our medical tort system. The lawyers are well rewarded for the $128 million they gave to the Democrats in the last election.

Posted by: Jake at June 29, 2005 at 9:10 pm

Well, Jake, that’s partly true. The other, and I believe much larger, factor is that under Canada’s (recently overturned) single-payer system, the government was able to aggressively negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies. And the companies took the deal or they didn’t get to sell their products in Canada.
I am not an expert on the Canadian health-care system, however, so I could be wrong.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at June 29, 2005 at 10:00 pm
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