Sharing Responsibility for Cancer Drug Costs: Envisioning a New Model of Coverage

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 08:00 - 16:00

Where: Ottawa

In partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Action Network, the Public Policy Forum brought together key stakeholders to consider opportunities to jointly create a better system of cancer drug coverage for Canadians. Aligning with the broader goal of sustainable and accessible pharmaceutical coverage for all Canadians, this symposium served as a timely platform to revisit aspirations and inform future directions given the upcoming renewal of the Health Accord.

Discussions focused on expectations for out-of-pocket expenditures, strategies to pool financial risk, and key roles for stakeholders. The programme featured a range of perspectives, including the views of patients and providers, public and private payers, as well as renowned experts in health economics. This symposium was the third event on cancer drug access organized by the Public Policy Forum. While previous symposia focused on increasing awareness and sharing innovation, this event was aimed at building momentum for collective action.


Opening address by Dr. Terrence Sullivan, Chair of the Board, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

Speakers included:
Sal Cimino, Green Shield Canada
Carlo De Angelis, Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology
Aldo Del Col, Myeloma Canada
Dr. James Gowing, Past Chair, Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada
Sharon Ingle, Breast cancer patient representative
Steve Long, Government of Alberta
Godfrey Mau, Medavie Blue Cross
David West, Mercer Canada




Canadian Cancer Action Network & Canadian Cancer Society