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Available Expert - Study proposes universal drug coverage

Monday, February 27, 2017

Queen's University medical policy expert Jacalyn Duffin is available to comment on a study published on Feb 27 which makes the case for universal drug coverage, as well as the possible societal benefits such a program could bring - such as improved access to essential medications. The study determined the federal government would have to spend an estimated $1.2-billion annually to provide universal coverage for 117 essential medicines. The researchers determined such a policy would save Canadians and insurance providers $4.3-billion per year on drug costs, while ensuring supply of critical medications.

Dr. Duffin is the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen's University. Her current research interests include the causes and impacts of drug shortages, as well as the history of the practice of medicine. Dr. Duffin also runs the Canadian Drug Shortage website.

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