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Drug insurance in Quebec, with Marc-André Gagnon (14.3 min)

Marc-André Gagnon, Professor, Carleton University and Expert Advisor at EvidenceNetwork.ca offers a critical assessment of Quebec’s “hybrid” pharmacare system involving a public-private mix. He argues that the system achieves reasonable access to prescription drugs but that it does not achieve other key policy goals, including equity of financing and effective cost-control.

Marc-André Gagnon

Marc-André Gagnon, PhD Carleton University Pharmaceutical Policies 613-520-2600 ext. 1690 | ma_gagnon@carleton.ca | @MAG_Rx (Available for interviews in French/English) Marc-Andre Gagnon is an expert in political economy and health policy. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy …

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Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada
By Marc-André Gagnon

When you look at the numbers, it really is surprising that all public employees in Quebec are required to enrol in costly private coverage given that administration costs account for 1.7 percent for Quebec’s public plan, yet 18 percent for private insurers.

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada
By Marc-André Gagnon

The current patchwork of public and private plans across the country means that Canadians are covered for their prescription drugs based on where they live or work, rather than on their medical needs.

Les chercheurs ont un devoir de prendre la parole pour informer les débats

“Il existe des idées zombies, des idées qui ont été démontrées scientifiquement fausses et qui sont intellectuellement mortes, mais qui reviennent malgré tout hanter les débats publics. Les chercheurs ont un devoir de prendre la parole pour informer les débats.” …

Mon rôle en tant que chercheur est non seulement de rapporter les faits, mais aussi d’élever la voix

“Mon rôle en tant que chercheur est non seulement de rapporter les faits, mais aussi d’élever la voix lorsque les décisions politiques ne tiennent pas compte des données probantes.” Marc-André Gagnon est professeur agrégé à la School of Public Policy …

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada My role as a researcher is to raise my voice when political decisions are not evidence-based
By Marc-André Gagnon

“My role as a researcher is not only to bring forth evidence, but also to raise my voice when political decisions are not evidence-based.” Marc-André Gagnon is an expert in political economy and health policy. He is an Associate Professor at …

As a publicly funded researcher, it’s your responsibility to try to get the truth out
By Damien Contandriopoulous

“Even though it’s a long-term battle, as a publicly funded researcher, it’s your responsibility to try to get the truth out.” Damien Contandriopoulos (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in Nursing, Researcher at the Public Health Research Institute at University of Montreal.   …

Researchers call on fellow scientists to be more vocal in the media
By Damien Contandriopoulous

“The research community is an essential part of an open society that values truth and ideas over interests and preferences. The time is now for researchers to get involved in the public debate.” Damien Contandriopoulos (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor in Nursing, …


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