Canadians will spend over $20 billion on prescription drugs in 2006—more than is spent on all physicians in Canada, and more than half of what is spent on hospital care in the country. At the same time, per capita spending on prescription drugs will vary by over 50% across provincial populations.
Yet surprisingly little information is systematically collected to determine what drugs account for most of the spending, what factors drive regional variations in spending, and whether particular drugs are being over-used or under-used.
The Canadian Rx Atlas provides the first national portrait of overall (private and public) drug utilization and expenditure. It breaks down $20 billion in prescription drug spending and provides a comprehensive portrait of the factors impacting expenditures at a national level.