Thursday, April 16, 2009

Drug Costs Smother Health Care In Quebec

A pharmacist pours pills removes pills from a counter at a Jean Coutu pharmacy in downtown Montreal. Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, Gazette file photo

From The Montreal Gazette:

Quebec spends far more on prescription drugs than any other province or territory in Canada – a factor that’s to blame for spiralling health-care costs, a new study reveals.

More disturbing, Quebec has gone from spending the least of any province on medications in 1985 – as a percentage of its total health-care expenditures – to the most last year, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

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