Mr. Speaker, residents of my riding of Leeds-Grenville have expressed grave concern about skyrocketing health costs.
Approximately 40 people from the community of Merrickville have signed a letter to me indicating their support for an increased availability of generic drugs as one way of reducing health care costs.
It has been estimated that Canadians now have 36 per cent of their prescriptions filled with generic drugs. On average, generic drugs are 40 to 50 per cent less expensive. This saving is achieved without compromising the quality of health care.
The greatest concern of seniors in today's economy is that they will not be able to afford proper health care when they get sick.
Citizens of my riding are asking the drug manufacturers to respond to dwindling resources in health care by putting more prescribed drugs on the generic drug list.