Prescribing patterns drive up health care costs

Howell, Elizabeth
December 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/4/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 12, p1487
Academic Journal
The article reports on the debate regarding the responsibility of physicians to consider cost and efficacy while making prescriptions, indeed part of the national effort to contain health care costs in Canada. An independent health consulting firm states that the physicians in the country often fail to take cost into account when prescribing. Brian Day, president of the Canadian Medical Association, argues that effectiveness and not expense is the primary consideration of physicians. Jeff Poston, executive director of the Canadian Pharmacists' association, explains that the physicians want to prescribe the proper drug for patients' needs and more expensive drugs are a better formula than generic.


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