66 per cent of Canadians want the healthcare system expanded to cover prescription drugs, dental and vision care, says a recent poll conducted by Abacus Data and commissioned by North99.

The poll asked 2,000 Canadians aged 18 and over if they would support expanding Canada’s healthcare system to provide universal coverage of prescription medication, dental care, and vision care — even if doing so might cost billions of dollars and require higher taxes.

Support for Medicine For All spans demographics, with support strongest in the 60+ age bracket at 67%. Regionally, Medicine for All has the most support in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada, where 70 per cent of the population back the policy.

Medicine For All also has strong support across parties, drawing overwhelming support from self-identified Liberal (75%) and NDP (78%) voters. Conservative voters are less supportive, but 55% still support the policy.

The NDP has announced that Medicine For All will be a part of its platform in the upcoming Federal election, while the Liberals and Greens have expressed support for a universal pharmacare program.

The polling was conducted by Abacus Data among 2,000 Canadians aged 18 and over from April 4th to April 7th, 2019.


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