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How does complementary private prescription drug insurance coverage affect seniors’ use of publicly funded medications?


  • Allin, Sara
  • Law, Michael R.
  • Laporte, Audrey


Like in many other high-income jurisdictions, the public drug program in Ontario, Canada provides comprehensive coverage of prescription drugs to the 65 years and older population with some cost sharing. The objective of this study was to examine the marginal impact of holding private drug coverage on the use of publicly funded medicines among the senior population in Ontario.

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  • Allin, Sara & Law, Michael R. & Laporte, Audrey, 2013. "How does complementary private prescription drug insurance coverage affect seniors’ use of publicly funded medications?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 110(2), pages 147-155.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:110:y:2013:i:2:p:147-155 DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.02.010

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