Time to Renew Pharmacare Enrolment

first_imgNearly 140,000 Nova Scotians benefit from the province’s family and senior pharmacare programs, and it is time for them to renew their enrolments. Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare program helped more than 11,000 families — or about 35,000 people — with the cost of prescription drugs last year. About 101,000 of the nearly 140,000 seniors in the province are enrolled in Seniors’ Pharmacare. “Nova Scotians who rely on prescription medications to be healthy know how expensive those drugs can be,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Pharmacare programs help make prescription drugs more affordable.” Some Nova Scotians have drug insurance through an employer or as part of a pension benefit; others must purchase the drug insurance they need. Family Pharmacare is available to all Nova Scotians, even those who have private drug coverage. Since there is no cost to join, being in the program offers good insurance against high drug costs that can affect anyone at any time. No one is barred from joining the program because of pre-existing medical conditions. Many people think the program is only for low-income Nova Scotians. While it provides the greatest benefit to individuals and families with limited income, Family Pharmacare is also beneficial for families whose drug costs are high or not covered by private health care. Seniors’ Pharmacare is available for Nova Scotians older than 65 who have no other drug insurance. As members renew their enrolment, due by April 1, it is also a good time for other people to consider joining. More information and enrolment forms are available at www.nspharmacare.ca or by calling toll-free at 1-877-330-0323 for Family Pharmacare and 1-800-544-6191 for Seniors’ Pharmacare.last_img read more

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Defeat to India due to feud among players unhappiness with captain

first_imgKarachi: Pakistan’s humiliating defeat to India in a World Cup game in England was due to feud among players and their unhappiness with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, local media reported Monday. A defeat to arch-rivals India is always difficult to digest for the passionate Pakistani cricket community anywhere in the world and particularly when it is in a World Cup. A day after the defeat in Manchester on Sunday, the media here ran stories about groupings in the team and how some players wanted to topple the captain. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe ‘Samaa’ news channel reported that soon after he got out, Sarfaraz allegedly lost his cool in the dressing room and accused some players including Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq, of forming a group against him and not supporting him. The ‘Duniya’ news channel did a similar report about how there were different groups in the team — one led by Muhammad Aamir and another led by Imad — which were letting Sarfaraz down. After the defeat to Australia, a well-known actor and cricket fan had released a voice message on the social media where he blamed Shoaib Malik, Imad, Inam and Babar among others of forming a group against Sarfaraz which had led to problems in the team. Some newspapers on Monday also hinted at internal problems within the team. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsBut when PTI contacted two players in the Pakistan team, they denied any groupings but confirmed that Sarfaraz returned to the dressing room very angry and let go at some players. “But it was more out of frustration and I don’t recall him blaming anyone or talking about groupings in the team but he did say the players needed to give more,” the player said on condition of anonymity. He insisted that all the players were heartbroken and depressed after the defeat to India but had not given up hope of qualifying for the semi-finals. “Even after we lost to Australia we had meetings to encourage each other and to discuss the areas where we had gone wrong. But when you are not doing well we tend to see these speculative stories in Pakistan media,” he said. Some former players have also hinted at problems in the team but former captain Moin Khan said it was the duty of the Pakistan Cricket Board to back its management. “It is normal in our country that when the team is not doing well in a major event or otherwise there is always talk about problems in the dressing room,” he said. Moin said he fully backed Sarfaraz although key mistakes were made against Australia and India. “The point of concern is that our fielding and catching standards have been very shoddy and that has not helped,” he said.last_img read more

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