New research confirms that difficulty affording medications remains a major problem in Canada. In 2016 alone:
The study is a peer-reviewed analysis of survey data from Statistics Canada by a team from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto.
This latest study adds to mounting evidence supporting both the cost-effectiveness and necessity of creating a national prescription drug plan.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions will continue to build on the existing evidence for a national pharmacare program with our current research project investigating the avoidable mortality arising from the cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications in Canada. This project will provide an estimate of the loss of human life associated with the high cost of prescription medication, and will be released in the spring of 2018.