Prescribed Drug Spending in Canada, 2019: A Focus on Public Drug Programs

Healthc Q. 2020 Apr;23(1):10-12. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2020.26145.


Public drug program spending accounts for 43.1% of prescribed drug spending in Canada. This report provides an in-depth look at public drug program spending in Canada, using the Canadian Institute for Health Information's (CIHI) National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System. Public drug program spending does not include spending on drugs dispensed in hospitals or on those funded through cancer agencies and other special programs.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Drug Costs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Financing, Government / statistics & numerical data*
  • Financing, Government / trends
  • Health Expenditures / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Prescription Drugs / classification
  • Prescription Drugs / economics*


  • Prescription Drugs