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Pharmaceuticals and the Elderly: A Comparative Analysis

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  • Deborah A. Freund
  • Don Willison
  • Grant D. Reeher

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  • Bernie O'Brien
  • Jarold Cosby
  • Amy Ferraro

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This paper compares and contrasts outpatient pharmaceutical policies for the elderly in seven OECD nations: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each country is facing an increasing financial burden due to rapidly growing numbers of elderly citizens, in number and as a percentage of population, and rising drug costs. As a result, they are struggling to balance varying levels of commitment to providing drugs for the elderly with the need to contain costs. Although each country's healthcare system is unique, the methods that each country is using to control rising pharmaceutical costs are similar. Many countries are gravitating toward the use of last-dollar rather than first-dollar coverage. All provide inpatient pharmaceutical coverage.

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  • Deborah A. Freund & Don Willison & Grant D. Reeher & Bernie O'Brien & Jarold Cosby & Amy Ferraro, 2000. "Pharmaceuticals and the Elderly: A Comparative Analysis," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 17, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  • Handle: RePEc:max:cprwps:17
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    1. Donald Willison & Paul Grootendorst & Jeremiah Hurley, 1998. "Variance in Pharmacare Coverage Across Canada," Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series 1998-08, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
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    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries

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