Budget Direction on Medical Expense Tax Credit a Missed Opportunity for Health Care in Canada



    OTTAWA, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government's decision to tighten the
language excluding self-care health products such as nonprescription medicines
and natural health products from the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC)
represents a missed opportunity for Canadians and their health care system.
    "Canadian courts have been recognizing that the steps people take to
manage their own health deserve the same recognition under tax law as doctor
prescribed therapies, if they fulfill the same purpose," said David Skinner,
President of NDMAC. "This reflects the growing social trend toward self-care
that is so vital to the future sustainability of our health care system."
    The Government's decision to explicitly exclude non-prescribed therapies
from the METC means that all the incentives to Canadians, from public health
insurance to tax breaks, drive toward the most expensive and publicly financed
forms of treatment and away from less expensive, but out-of-pocket forms of
care that Canadians can manage themselves.

    NDMAC is a 112 year-old trade association dedicated to advancing Canadian
self-care through representing the manufacturers of self-care health products
such as nonprescription medicines and natural health products.




For further information:

For further information: Gerry Harrington, Director of Public Affairs,
NDMAC, (613) 723-0777, Fax: (613) 723-0779, Cell: (613) 863-3716,
gerry.harrington@ndmac.ca; www.ndmac.ca

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NONPRESCRIPTION DRUG MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

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