|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Morgan SG, Schaub P, Mooney D, Lam JM, Caetano PA|
|Publisher||UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research|
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The British Columbia Rx Atlas combines data from 214 million prescriptions filled in the province between 1996 and 2003 with hospital records, population data, and demographic information to explore the drivers of change in pharmaceutical expenditure over time and variations across regions. The result is a comprehensive breakdown of the $350 million British Columbians spend on prescription drugs every year.
This atlas takes the first step towards addressing the drug utilization and expenditure information gap for one Canadian province, and provides what we believe to be the world’s most detailed portrait of the determinants of the use and cost of pharmaceuticals to date. However, it is a descriptive report that deliberately contains minimal analysis and interpretation of findings. It provides signposts to areas for further investigation by those policy makers, practitioners and researchers best placed to focus on the underlying dynamics and possibilities for policy intervention.