Drug discount cards could actually cost patients more
New research published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) reveals that brand-name drug discount cards are leading to higher health care spending in Canada—increased costs that are ultimately passed on to patients.
Nov 12, 2019
Federal budget’s new housing affordability policy getting mostly positive reviews in B.C.
CBC spoke to Paul Kershaw, a policy professor at UBC and founder of Generation Squeeze, about the federal budget. Kershaw said that aspects of it are a step in the […]
Mar 21, 2019
Federal budget 2019
UBC academic Michael Law was quoted in a Globe and Mail story on the proposed new drug agency as part of the federal budget. “I think there’s a lot to […]
Mar 20, 2019
In Florida, drug re-importation from Canada finds new champions, old snags
Salon quoted Michael Law, a pharmaceutical policy expert and professor at UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, in an article about Florida importing prescription drugs from Canada.
Feb 28, 2019
Ontario government fines Costco $7 million after illegal kickbacks
The Canadian Press spoke to Michael Law, Canada Research Chair in Access to Medicines at UBC, about generic drug prices in Canada in a report on fines incurred by Costco for […]
Feb 4, 2019
Medication dominates Canadian health-care spending
Several media outlets published articles about a study by Michael Law, a UBC professor who holds the Canada Research Chair in Access to Medicine, on spending on prescription and over-the-counter […]
Nov 21, 2018
Many Canadians borrowing money to pay for prescription drugs
An estimated 731,000 Canadians have to borrow money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their physician, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
Nov 20, 2018
Canadians giving up food, heat to pay for prescription drugs: UBC study
More than 900,000 Canadians reduced their spending on basic necessities like food and heat to pay for prescription drugs in 2016, according to new research by a team from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University, and The University of Toronto.
Feb 13, 2018
Canadians spend more on private health insurance for smaller payouts
Spending by Canadians on private health insurance has more than doubled over the past 20 years, but insurers paid out a rapidly decreasing proportion as benefits, according to a study published today in the CMAJ.
Mar 24, 2014
UBC experts for B.C. election
From politics to pipelines, UBC experts are available to comment on the upcoming 2013 B.C. election campaign.
Apr 15, 2013
Private premiums add up to largest out-of-pocket health expense for Canadians
Private insurance premiums are Canadians’ single largest out-of-pocket health expense, averaging $1,200 a year per affected household, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.
Feb 19, 2013
One in ten Canadians cannot afford prescription drugs: UBC study
One in ten Canadians cannot afford to take their prescription drugs as directed, according to an analysis by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.
Jan 16, 2012