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Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Canada

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  • Valérie Paris
  • Elizabeth Docteur

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This paper describes and assesses pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies in Canada, considering them in the context of the broader policy and market environment in which they operate, and investigating their role in contributing to Canada’s achievements in meeting a range of objectives relating to the pharmaceutical policy. The federal government regulates prices of patented pharmaceutical products with the objective of protecting consumers against excessive prices. Regulation has very likely been responsible for bringing Canada’s prices for patented medicines roughly in line with European comparators. Prices of generic products, which are not regulated, are relatively high although high... Ce document décrit et évalue les politiques de prix et de remboursement des médicaments au Canada, en les situant dans le contexte politique et l’environnement de marché dans lesquels elles s’inscrivent ; et en observant leur rôle dans l’atteinte des objectifs relatifs à la politique pharmaceutique canadienne. Le gouvernement fédéral régule les prix des médicaments brevetés dans le but de protéger les consommateurs de prix excessifs. Cette régulation a très probablement eu pour effet d’amener les prix des médicaments brevetés canadiens au niveau des prix des pays européens auxquels le Canada se compare. Les prix des médicaments génériques, qui ne sont pas régulés, sont relativement élevés malgré une forte pénétration des...

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  • Valérie Paris & Elizabeth Docteur, 2006. "Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Canada," OECD Health Working Papers 24, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaad:24-en
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    Keywords

    Canada; Canada; marché pharmaceutique; pharmaceutical market; pharmaceutical policy; politique pharmaceutique; pricing and reimbursement; prix et remboursement;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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