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Re: [OM] Re: [OT] pills, was Olympus America and feedback

Subject: Re: [OM] Re: [OT] pills, was Olympus America and feedback
From: "Earl Dunbar" <edunbar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 06:40:44 -0500
The cost containment of prescription medication in Canada is due to Federal 
price regulation.  Yet we (the drug companies in Canada, not me personally) 
continue to do R&D and come up with new meds.

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On 11/13/2003 at 8:54 PM Garth Wood wrote:

>At 07:21 PM 11/13/2003 -0800, Jim Brokaw wrote:
>
>[snip]
>
>>I think a lot of it is that Canada has a 'federalized' health care system,
>>so the government is actively interested in the containing and reducing
>>prices of the drugs consumed...
>
>
>Actually, in Canada, health care is a provincial responsibility.  The Feds
>got involved just a few decades ago with so-called "dove-tail" legislation
>(the Canada Health Act and various supporting Orders in Council) which
>essentially bribes provinces with money to adopt a uniform set of
>standards across Canada.  And the drug insurance I mentioned in a previous
>post is private insurance -- the provinces don't generally insure citizens
>for the cost of prescription drugs, except in special cases (physically or
>mentally handicapped, exceptional needs for rare and expensive drugs [on a
>case-by-case basis, which always makes for great stories of indignation on
>the part of the media], etc.).
>
>
>Garth
>
>
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