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
Law MR, Cheng L, Worthington H, Majumdar SR, McGrail KM, Chan F, Laba TL, Mamdani M. Impact of a household-level deductible on prescription drug use among lower-income adults: a quasi-experimental study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Mar 29;7(1):E167-E173. Read more
Brehaut JC, Guèvremont A, Arim RG, Garner RE, Miller AR, McGrail KM, Brownell M, Lach LM, Rosenbaum PL, Kohen DE. Changes in Caregiver Health in the Years Surrounding the Birth of a Child With Health Problems: Administrative Data From British Columbia. Med Care. 2019 Mar 22. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Hategeka C, Ruton H, Law MR. Effect of a community health worker mHealth monitoring system on uptake of maternal and newborn health services in Rwanda. Glob Health Res Policy. 2019 Mar 22;4:8. Read more
Desai S, Peterson AC, Wing K, Younger A, Crump T, Liu G, Veljkovic A, Penner M, Sutherland JM. Minimally Important Difference in the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score Among Patients Undergoing Hallux Valgus Surgery. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Mar 15:1071100719831392. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Hoben M, Chamberlain SA, Gruneir A, Knopp-Sihota JA, Sutherland JM, Poss JW, Doupe MB, Bergstrom V, Norton PG, Schalm C, McCarthy K, Kashuba K, Ackah F, Estabrooks CA. Nursing Home Length of Stay in 3 Canadian Health Regions: Temporal Trends, Jurisdictional Differences, and Associated Factors. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Sutherland JM, Kurzawa Z, Karimuddin A, Duncan K, Liu G, Crump T. Wait lists and adult general surgery: is there a socioeconomic dimension in Canada? BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Mar 13;19(1):161. Read more
Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Bourgeault IL, McCracken R, Barer ML. Trends in Providing Out-of-Office, Urgent After-Hours, and On-Call Care in British Columbia. Ann Fam Med. 2019 Mar;17(2):116-124. Read more