1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford prescription drugs

One in ten Canadians cannot afford their prescription drugs, finds an analysis by researchers from UBC and the University of Toronto.
Researchers analyzed data from 5,732 people and found that 9.6 per cent of Canadians who received a prescription reported not filling, failing to refill, or skipping doses for cost reasons. The phenomenon is particularly prevalent for Canadians who do not have drug insurance, with 26.5 per cent reporting not being able to afford their prescription drugs.
“Our results clearly demonstrate that cost-related problems in accessing prescription drugs are disproportionately borne by the poor, the sick and the uninsured,” said Michael Law, assistant professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health said in a statement. “More than one in four Canadians without health insurance are forced, financially, to go without the prescription drugs they need.”

Medical Daily, Wed Jan 18 2012, By: Angelina Tala