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Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Expenditures and Public Prescription Drug Programs

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  • Alan, Sule

    () (University of Essex)

  • Crossley, Thomas F.

    () (University of Essex)

  • Grootendorst, Paul

    () (University of Toronto)

  • Veall, Michael R.

    () (McMaster University)

Abstract

Canadian household prescription drug expenditures are studied using different years of the Statistics Canada Family Expenditure Survey. Master files are used, expanding the number of available years and permitting provincial rather than regional identifiers. Nonparametric Engel curves are estimated. Difference-in-difference mean and 80th percentile regressions examine budget shares by low-income and high-income households before and after the introduction of provincial prescription drug programs. The evidence is consistent with the view that unlike senior prescription drug subsidies, nonsenior prescription drug subsidies are probably more redistributive than an equal-cost proportional income transfer.

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  • Alan, Sule & Crossley, Thomas F. & Grootendorst, Paul & Veall, Michael R., 2003. "Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Expenditures and Public Prescription Drug Programs," IZA Discussion Papers 695, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. P Grootendorst, 1999. "Beneficiary Cost Sharing Under Canadian Provincial Prescription Drug Benefit Programs: History and Assessment," Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series 1999-10, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
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    1. Vincenzo Atella & Franco Peracchi & Domenico Depalo & Claudio Rossetti, 2006. "Drug compliance, co-payment and health outcomes: evidence from a panel of Italian patients," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(9), pages 875-892.

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    Keywords

    prescription drug benefits; incidence;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J42 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Monopsony; Segmented Labor Markets

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