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The Canadian Health Coalition’s national pharmacare tour started last week where medicare was born.

The coaltion - to which CUPE belongs - plans to hold hearings on a national pharmacare program across the country.

The first set of hearings took place in Saskatoon, Oct. 25.

The Coalition is collecting personal stories of hardship and difficulty to build the case for a national, publicly funded and administered insurance plan for medication.

It would cover essential drug costs the way Medicare covers hospitals and physicians, providing universal access to safe and appropriate care.

The Saskatoon hearings witnessed the tale of a woman who, despite having a private drug plan, still pays $500 per month for diabetes medication.