“According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, BC has the highest rate of residents in Canada who can`t afford to take their drug prescriptions as directed.“ (Originally published in the Times Colonist)
What does this mean? Multinational drug companies profit from selling name-brand medication. Many people in BC are struggling with costs related to higher MSP premiums, rent, and the costs of basic necessities such as food.
“According to the study, about 10 per cent of Canadians who received a prescription chose not to either fill it or renew it, or skipped doses for cost reasons.“
If somebody chooses to not take their needed prescription medication because they can`t afford it, they will most likely end up in the hospital, thus causing the taxpayer further financial burdens. This is particularly true for people with a chronic condition, such as type 1 diabetes. In other words, it may be a good idea for the government to pay for necessary prescriptions.
“Prescription drugs fall outside of the Canada Health Act. Critics say that creates a patchwork of drug coverage that leaves two-thirds of Canadian households paying all or a portion of their prescription drug costs.“