Out-of-pocket prescription drug costs: What are the implications for National Pharmacare?

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National Pharmacare advocates claim that the program is necessary because out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs are so high that it presents a tradeoff - forcing people to make a choice between basic necessities like food, heat and rent versus necessary medicines. The data and analysis presented in this study show this claim to be grossly exaggerated. Data for this study were purchased by custom request from Statistics Canada and are sourced from its Survey of Household Spending in 2016. 


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