15 Dec 2010 Vancouver Sun Editorial – B.C.’s drug assessments taking the wrong path
By Arnold Relman And Marcia Angell, Special To The Sun
December 15, 2010 8:15 AM
As former editors-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and authors of books on the pharmaceutical industry and health policy, we are longtime observers of the health systems of both the U.S. and Canada. We have always admired Canada’s more efficient and fairer provision of health care and its more rational approach to covering prescription drugs, particularly in British Columbia. Overall health costs per person are roughly half as much in Canada as in the U.S., and the prices of brand-name drugs are also about half as much.