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Canadians relying on public insurance plans face significant delays accessing new medicines. This graph breaks down the sequential approval and listing process, and demonstrates how long it takes Canadians to access innovative medicines.
The 2021 Cost Drivers report highlights the consistent annual cost growth in the Canadian private drug benefits market and outlines factors that contribute to price increases.
The 2016–2019 Cost Drivers report highlights annual cost growth in the Canadian private drug benefits market and outlines factors that contribute to price increases.
Canada and other OECD20 countries launch a similar number of innovative medicines. However, our public plans reimburse 32 to 45 per cent less.
Time to Listing: Canada’s public plans cover fewer new medicines and take longer than most OECD countries to approve them
Public plans in Canada cover fewer medicines than in other OECD20 countries and take longer to be approved. For rare-disease medicines, this gap is even larger.