With a federal campaign in full force grabbing the majority of the headlines, a significant threat to Canada’s most treasured national program is going largely unnoticed.
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.
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.
In spite of very high expenditures for drug coverage, one in 10 Canadians cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. 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.
Pour soigner une laryngite, mon fils s’est fait prescrire un antibiotique. Le prix du produit est normalement 11,85$, auquel il faut ajouter les honoraires professionnels du pharmacien. Mon régime privé d’assurance-médicaments couvre 80% de mes dépenses et je m’attendais donc à payer 4,40$ en coassurance. J’ai toutefois dû payer 47,89$. Bienvenue dans le monde surréaliste de l’assurance-médicaments du Québec!
Bill 10 has as its objective to improve the access and the quality of health and social services in the province of Quebec while diminishing bureaucracy and increasing efficiency. As professors in the Department of Health administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal we seriously question the ability of this reform to achieve this.