The National Pharmaceuticals Strategy: Rest in peace, revive or renew?

Authors: 
Neil J. MacKinnon, Ivan Ip
Research Summary: 

The fact that one of the main treatment modalities in health care — prescription drugs used outside the hospital setting — remains outside the medicare envelope in 2009 perplexes many clinicians, academics and the general public. Canada has an overall public health care system, but the lack of coverage for prescription drugs is a gaping hole in the system with adverse consequences for many Canadians. Moreover, Canada lags behind many comparator nations in issues related to prescription access and affordability, the quality and safety of medication use, and the use of technologies such as e-prescribing that would help to improve the system.