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As a leader of independent, policy relevant research and graduate training, UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) is dedicated to fostering visionary research within a collaborative and innovative research environment. Our work engages and informs health policy on issues that matter to Canadians.


Featured Publication

Many Canadians borrowing money to pay for prescription drugs

CHSPR researchers have found that an estimated 731,000 Canadians have to borrow money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their physician. Canadians who reported borrowing tended to be younger, had lower household income, chronic medical conditions, and no prescription drug insurance.

“We knew that many Canadians cannot afford their prescription drugs. These new findings suggest that many people are going into debt to cover the costs of their prescription medications every year,” said the study’s lead author Ashra Kolhatkar. The senior author, CHSPR faculty member Mike Law, suggests that policy interventions be considered for patients who are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. View news release

Kolhatkar A, Cheng L, Morgan SG, Goldsmith LJ, Dhalla IA, Holbrook AM, Law MR. Patterns of borrowing to finance out-of-pocket prescription drug costs in Canada: a descriptive analysis. CMAJ Open. 2018 Nov 19;6(4):E544-E550. Read more


Recent Publications

McDonnell L, Lavoie JG, Healy G, Wong S, Goulet S, Clark W. Non-clinical determinants of Medevacs in Nunavut: perspectives from northern health service providers and decision-makers. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2019 Feb;78(1):1571384. Read more

Chan FKI, McGrail K, Majumdar SR, Law MR. Changes in employer-sponsored private health insurance among retirees in Ontario: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Jan 21;7(1):E15-E22. Read more

Lavoie JG, Wong ST, Ibrahim N, O'Neil JD, Green M, Ward A. Underutilized and undertheorized: the use of hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions for assessing the extent to which primary healthcare services are meeting needs in British Columbia First Nation communities. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jan 18;19(1):50. Read more

Liu G, Peterson AC, Wing K, Crump T, Younger A, Penner M, Veljkovic A, Foggin H, Sutherland JM. Validation of the Ankle Osteoarthritis Scale Instrument for Preoperative Evaluation of End-Stage Ankle Arthritis Patients Using Item Response Theory. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Jan 10:1071100718818573. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sutherland JM, Mok J, Liu G, Crump T, Wing K, Younger A, Penner M, Veljkovic A. Cost-Utility Study of the Economics of Bunion Correction Surgery. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Dec 17:1071100718815663. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

MacEntee MI, Wong ST, Chi I, Lo ECM, Minichiello V, Soheilipour S, Mariño R. Developmental regulation of lifelong dental experiences and beliefs in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Gerodontology. 2018 Dec 14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sheehan KJ, Levy AR, Sobolev B, Guy P, Tang M, Kuramoto L, Sutherland JM, Beaupre L, Morin SN, Harvey E, Bradley N; Canadian Collaborative Study of Hip Fractures. Operationalising a conceptual framework for a contiguous hospitalisation episode to study associations between surgical timing and death after first hip fracture: a Canadian observational study. BMJ Open. 2018 Dec 6;8(12):e020372. Read more

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Upcoming Events

Seminar | Illness as Insurance as Metaphor

Steven Lewis
Feb 26, 2019
School of Population and Public Health (rm B104)

CHSPR Conference | Value in Canadian Healthcare: Evolution or Revolution?

March 7-8, 2019
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront


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