Private insurers want in on national bulk-buying deal for drugs

Date de parution : 01/20/2016
Source : Benefits Canada
Personne(s)-ressource(s) : Stephen Frank

As talks about the future of Canada’s health-care agreements kicked off in Vancouver yesterday, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced that Ottawa is joining the provincial drug bulk-buying program. But plan sponsors should be prepared for the long-term impact of excluding private insurers from such a plan.

“It continues to entrench two levels of pricing for the Canadian market, one for the provinces and the second, higher price, for anyone paying through a private insurance plan,” says Stephen Frank, vice president, policy development and health, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

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