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Janice---prescription prices in Canada

Posted by Abby on June 7, 2000, at 10:04:34

In reply to Re: huh, no Cam yet…, posted by ChrisK on June 7, 2000, at 6:18:30


I know that prescription drugs, at least ones under patent protection, are much cheaper in Canada, because you have price controls imposed by the government. I asked about the insurance coverage, because I noticed that in the UK, there are no "official" price controls, but that the Health service bargains for its own drug purchases, and an NHS prescription costs only a nominal copayment. Thus two months (60 tablets) of 100mg Lustral (Zoloft) costs £6 on the NHS or £120--at Boots or £70 somewhere else. In other words, not particularly cheap. Canada, however, has much cheaper prices than the U.S. on most drugs. A lot of Medicare patients--who don't have a prescription drug benefit, have found it worth their while to travel to Canada, pay to see a doctor to get a prescription and buy their drugs in Canada. This made me think that perhaps Canadians were more concerned about the price of their drugs, because it wasn't included as a general benefit. Just my thoughts.





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