Equity in Pharmaceutical Utilization in Ontario: A Cross Section and Over Time Analysis
This study investigates inequality and inequity in pharmaceutical utilization in Ontario. First, I compare inequality and inequity in drug use between senior and non-senior population in Ontario at each of three points in time. During this time period, all seniors in Ontario have been universally covered by the publicly financed OBD program. This is not the case for the non-senior population. Second, I examine the changes in inequality and inequity for each population group at each of the three time points: 1990, 1996/97 and 2000/01. During this period, cost-sharing and other changes were introduced into the ODB, which allows us to identify the influence on equity of changes on drug coverage policies.
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