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.
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
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
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
Sutherland JM, Mok J, Liu G, Karimuddin A, Crump T. A Cost-Utility Study of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for the Treatment of Symptomatic Gallstones. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 May 29. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Guthrie DM, Harman LE, Barbera L, Burge F, Lawson B, McGrail K, Sutradhar R, Seow H. Quality Indicator Rates for Seriously Ill Home Care Clients: Analysis of Resident Assessment Instrument for Home Care Data in Six Canadian Provinces. J Palliat Med. 2019 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Berg S, Sheps S, Barer M, Wong ST, McGregor M, MacNab YC. The Experience of Family Physicians and Home Health Staff Involved in an Intervention to Increase Patient-Related Collaboration. Can J Aging. 2019 May 16:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Johnston S, Abelson J, Wong ST, Langton J, Hogel M, Burge F, Hogg W. Citizen perspectives on the use of publicly reported primary care performance information: Results from citizen-patient dialogues in three Canadian provinces. Health Expect. 2019 May 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more