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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.


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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

Hung YW, Law MR, Cheng L, Abramowitz S, Alcayna-Stevens L, Lurton G, Mayaka SM, Olekhnovitch R, Kyomba G, Ruton H, Ramazani SY, Grepin K. Impact of a Free Health Care Policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo During an Ebola Outbreak: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis (July 14, 2019). Available at SSRN. Read more

Lavergne MR, Goldsmith LJ, Grudniewicz A, Rudoler D, Marshall EG, Ahuja M, Blackie D, Burge F, Gibson RJ, Glazier RH, Hawrylyshyn S, Hedden L, Hernandez-Lee J, Horrey K, Joyce M, Kiran T, MacKenzie A, Mathews M, McCracken R, McGrail K, McKay M, McPherson C, Mitra G, Sampalli T, Scott I, Snadden D, Murphy GT, Wong ST. Practice patterns among early-career primary care (ECPC) physicians and workforce planning implications: protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 24;9(9):e030477. Read more

Desai S, Sutherland JM, Younger A, Penner M, Veljkovic A, Yusuf F, Wing K. Role of Postoperative Patient-Reported Outcomes to Predict Ankle Arthroplasty and Arthrodesis Revision. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Aug 28:1071100719869204. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Murphy P, Burge F, Wong ST. Measurement and rural primary health care: a scoping review. Rural Remote Health. 2019 Aug;19(3):4911. Read more

Gali B, Eyawo O, Hull MW, Samji H, Zhang W, Sereda P, Lima VD, McGrail K, Montaner JSG, Hogg RS, Moore D; COAST Study Team. Incidence of select chronic co-morbidities among a population-based cohort of HIV-positive individuals receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy. Curr Med Res Opin. 2019 Jul 18:1. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Cassels A, Law MR. The impact of the introduction of a formulary into a large Canadian private drug plan: an interrupted time-series analysis. CMAJ Open. 2019 Jul 18;7(3):E472-E477. Read more

Marquis SM, McGrail KM, Hayes MV. A population-level study of the mental health of siblings of children who have a developmental disability. SSM Popul Health. 2019;8:100441. Read more

Laba TL, Cheng L, Kolhatkar A, Law MR. Cost-related nonadherence to medicines in people with multiple chronic conditions. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Rajapakshe S, Sutherland JM, Wing K, Crump T, Liu G, Penner M, Younger A, Veljkovic A, Redfern K. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes Among Patients Undergoing Surgery for End-Stage Ankle Arthritis. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print] Read more

Sutherland J, Redfern K, Mooney D. Value in Healthcare: Evolution or Revolution? Conference Summary. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2019. Read more

McKay R, Patrick DM, McGrail K, Law MR. Antibiotic prescribing for pediatric respiratory infections: What explains a large variation among physicians? Can Fam Physician. 2019 Jun;65(6):e278-e291. Read more

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Events

Webinar | Learning Health Systems

Jean-François Ethier, Université de Sherbrooke
Oct. 16, 2019
Presented by the BC Academic Health Sciences Network

CHSPR Seminar | In Utero Antidepressants Exposure and Neurodevelopment Assessment in Kindergarten in Offspring

Deepa Singal, BC Academic Health Sciences Network
Oct. 29, 2019
School of Population and Public Health (rm 219)

CHSPR Seminar | How will recent trade agreements impact Rx expenditures and generic access in Canada?

Reed Beall, University of Calgary
Nov. 6, 2019
School of Population and Public Health (rm 219)

CHSPR Seminar | Practice patterns among early-career primary care physicians

Ruth Lavergne, Simon Fraser University
Nov. 12, 2019
School of Population and Public Health (rm 219)


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