FREDERICTON (GNB) – Consultations have been launched to obtain input to develop a better model for the provincial government drug plan.

“This process is part of our government’s commitment to review the New Brunswick Drug Plan,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “We want to ensure costs are reasonable for individuals, its coverage is sufficient and employers are not subject to a required contribution.”

The provincial government has already taken steps to address these goals. For the time being, the New Brunswick Drug Plan continues to be a voluntary program. To help low-income earners enrol, two new premiums have been created, and the maximum copayment amount per prescription varies based on income. These changes will help ensure costs are fair and reasonable.

A consultation webpage has been prepared to engage New Brunswickers. It includes a discussion paper with background information and questions. Stakeholders and individuals are encouraged to participate by visiting the Citizen Engagement and Consultation website to submit their ideas and feedback. Feedback can be submitted until July 24.