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NDP demands Wynne government stop proposed price hike for seniors prescription drugs

Kitchener – After meeting with seniors and a local pharmacist in Kitchener, Catherine Fife, NDP MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo, demanded the Wynne government stop its proposed increase to the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, included in the recently released 2016 provincial budget.

“Since the Ontario budget came out we have been hearing from seniors here in Kitchener-Waterloo and across Ontario, who are worried about how they’ll pay for prescription drugs this summer,” Fife said.

The budget says that, starting on August 1st, the Liberals will nearly double the cost of prescription drugs for most seniors – with no consultation and no warning. One in three Ontario Seniors require 10 or more prescriptions to stay healthy, independent, and out of hospital.

Ÿ"More seniors could end up in hospital rather than living with dignity at home. Seniors deserve our respect, and they shouldn’t have to pay more than what they can afford for the prescriptions they need,” Fife said.

Recently the Premier has said she needs until the end of the month to “consult” on whether to raise the income threshold.

“It just goes to show just how out of touch this government has become. Despite what the Premier may think, a senior living on $19,500 a year is not a rich senior, by any means,” Fife said.

“This change by the Liberal government could force many seniors to choose between their groceries and their good health, as they’ll find it too expensive to fill their monthly prescriptions.

Fife is urging the public to sign a petition at the Tannery Pharmasave directed at their local MPP and Premier Wynne to stop the Liberal government’s budget proposal to increase the financial burden on Ontario seniors.

“This budget still has to be voted on in the Legislature. It is not yet law. The Premier’s consultation ends at the end of the month. Now is the time to voice your concern to your local MPP and to Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop this financial hit on our seniors. I encourage everyone to sign the petition that will be here at the Tannery Pharmasave,” Fife said.

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