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The effect of public insurance on the use of prescription drugs: A cross-province analysis among seniors with chronic conditions

TitleThe effect of public insurance on the use of prescription drugs: A cross-province analysis among seniors with chronic conditions
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRubinato, T.
UniversityMcGill University
CityMontréal, QC
Abstract

The purpose of this project is to examine the effect of the exogenous change in prescription insurance coverage that occurs at age 65 on prescribed medication use among patients with chronic diseases. This study will examine two principal hypotheses. Firstly, whether the public coverage of pharmaceuticals at age 65 is associated with greater prescribed medication use for seniors with chronic diseases (diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure). Secondly, whether the mechanism through which public drug insurance influences medication use is through the change in the cost burden on individuals. In order to investigate these hypotheses the paper will be split into six sections. Initially, there will be discussion of the motivation for the paper. Section two will feature a brief literature review of related works. Subsequently, section three will include a description of the data set utilized. This will be followed by section four's outline of methodology and empirical techniques. Section five will present and discuss the empirical results. Lastly, there will be a brief discussion of the limitations and possibilities for future literature, followed by a brief conclusion.