Coverage of new medicines in private versus public drug plans in Canada 2009-2018

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Of the 491 new drugs approved by Health Canada from 2009 to 2018, 87% (427) were covered by at least one private plan compared to 47% (229) that were covered by at least one public plan, as of May 30, 2019.

Comparing just the drugs covered by both sectors, the average wait to first listing was 152 days for private plans and 473 days for public plans. 

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