Study finds 1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford Prescription Medication

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of British Columbia along with the University of Toronto suggested that around 1 in 10 Canadians could not afford their prescription medications. Approximately 9.6 percent of Canadians were not getting their prescription filled, not getting it refilled, or even skipping dosages because of the cost.

The researchers reviewed data from 5,732 respondents to a Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey to determine the magnitude of the problem of affording prescription medication in country.

The researchers point out that the prescription drug coverage is not part of the Canada Health Act, which pushes the financial responsibility to the people. The prescription drug coverage has left around two-thirds of Canadian household paying either the entire cost or part of the prescription cost.

Canadians paid around $4.6 billion in out-of-pocket expenses in 2010, according to Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Michael Law, Assistant Professor at UBC's School of Population and Public Health said, "The Canadian most likely to have problems affording their prescription drugs is in poor health, carries no drug insurance, and lives in British Columbia."

The study was published today in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

By: Marsha Quinn

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