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October 21, 2015

An expanded federal role in financing pharmacare would set the stage for wider coverage and greater cooperation in drug pricing, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Feasible Pharmacare in the Federation: A Proposal to Break the Gridlock,” authors Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby propose a politically affordable way forward to start addressing the runaway drug prices paid by Canadians. 

Åke Blomqvist
Åke Blomqvist, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Fellows-in-Residence

Health Policy Scholar, C.D. Howe Institute

Åke Blomqvist received his undergraduate education in his native Sweden, and a PhD from Princeton University in 1971. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario where he taught between 1968 and 2002.

Colin Busby
Colin Busby, Former Associate Director, Research,

Colin Busby was awarded the 2007 C.D. Howe Research Fellowship and joined the Institute as an analyst thereafter. While writing broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. Appointed Associate Director of Research in 2016, Colin focuses his attention on the Institute’s healthcare policy and human capital research.