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BC spends the least amount of money on prescription drugs

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You’re spending the least amount of money country-wide when it comes to prescription drugs. That’s according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The report shows from 1985 to 2011, people in BC only spent $575 on prescription medication. In comparison, the average Nova Scotian spent $985 per person.

Our public sector spending on drugs also continues to be the lowest in the country, at $237 per person.

The institute thinks spending is slowed because generic drug pricing agreements and legislation. It also found drug spending accounted for nearly 13 per cent of total health spending in the province, which is well below the Canadian average of 16 per cent.