Thursday, April 14, 2005

How free drugs end up in the wrong hands

The federal government spends tens of millions of dollars more than necessary each year on prescription drug benefits for native Canadians, and fuels an epidemic of abuse and addiction among First Nations patients in the process.

Health Canada spends about $430 million a year on drug benefits for uninsured Canadians. The bulk of that -- almost $300 million -- is spent on prescription drugs for natives. The federal Auditor General estimates up to a million of prescriptions filled under the program each year are fraudulent. ...more

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