The report, Understanding the Gap: A Pan-Canadian Analysis of Prescription Drug Insurance Coverage, finds that 95 per cent of Canadians (more than 34 million) are eligible for some form of prescription drug coverage. Ontario residents represent a significant share of Canadians without insurance coverage, with just over 13 per cent of Ontario’s population considered uninsured. Understanding the complex landscape of public and private prescription drug insurance coverage in Canada can provide opportunities to ensure all Canadians have access to affordable medicines.
In this webinar, author Greg Sutherland will provide an overview of the main report highlights, including how the majority of Canadians have access to prescription drug coverage through private or public plans and the number of those who enrol in such programs. Greg will also discuss how The Conference Board of Canada estimated the number of uninsured Canadians and provide a closer look at out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs. Finally, Greg will discuss how insurance plan designs vary across provinces, some of the reasons for non-enrolment, and the research and policy implications of this work going forward.