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National Pharmacare, Reference-Based Pricing, and Drug R&D: A Critique of the National Forum on Health's Recommendations for Pharmaceutical Policy

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  • Robin Lindsey
  • Douglas S. West

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In February 1997, the Canadian National Forum on Health presented its recommendations for a pharmaceutical policy for Canada. These recommendations include moving towards a universal coverage, publicly funded drug plan; support for reference-based pricing as a method of containing drug plan costs; and requiring that pharmaceutical companies turn over a portion of their research funds to the national research granting agencies. This paper provides a critical assessment of these policy recommendations, with a focus on whether they are likely to achieve long-term reductions in pharmaceutical and health care expenditures in Canada.

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  • Robin Lindsey & Douglas S. West, 1999. "National Pharmacare, Reference-Based Pricing, and Drug R&D: A Critique of the National Forum on Health's Recommendations for Pharmaceutical Policy," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 25(1), pages 1-27, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:25:y:1999:i:1:p:1-27
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    1. Anis, Aslam H. & Wen, Quan, 1998. "Price regulation of pharmaceuticals in Canada," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 21-38, January.
    2. Aslam H. Anis, 1992. "Pharmaceutical Prices with Insurance Coverage and Formularies," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 25(2), pages 420-437, May.
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    1. Lopez-Casasnovas, Guillem & Puig-Junoy, Jaume, 2000. "Review of the literature on reference pricing," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 87-123, November.

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