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Indicator Metadata

NamePercentage of Seniors on Public Drug Programs With Accepted Claims
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

DescriptionThe rate of seniors who have submitted claims that have been accepted by public drug programs
InterpretationThis indicator is interpreted as the rate of seniors who use public drug programs to receive drug coverage.
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system innovation and learning capacity

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Geographic Coverage

Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory

Indicator Results

https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productFamily.htm?locale=en&pf=PFC2594&lang=en&media=0

Identifying Information
NamePercentage of Seniors on Public Drug Programs With Accepted Claims
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionThe rate of seniors who have submitted claims that have been accepted by public drug programs
Calculation: Description

The total number of seniors with at least one claim accepted by a public drug program divided by the total population of seniors

Unit of Analysis: Patients

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of residence

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Percentage or proportion

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

Age-sex-adjusted

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Direct Standardization
Standard Population:
Standard Population: Canadian seniors population (Statistics Canada, Demography Division, CANSIM table)

Denominator

Description:
Total population of seniors
Inclusions:
All seniors (age 65 and older)
Exclusions:
All non-seniors (age younger than 65)

Numerator

Description:
Total number of seniors with at least one claim accepted by a public drug program
Inclusions:
All seniors (age 65 and older)
Exclusions:
All non-seniors (age younger than 65)

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

The rate of seniors who have claims accepted by public drug programs tells us a lot about public drug program design and eligibility. Jurisdictions with a high uptake rate tend to have a plan with a large population of coverage or low/no deductibles (where patients pay parts of every claim), while plans with a low uptake rate tend to have a small population of coverage or a deductible (seniors may choose coverage through a different source).

Interpretation

This indicator is interpreted as the rate of seniors who use public drug programs to receive drug coverage.

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system innovation and learning capacity

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

Not applicable

References

Not applicable

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

NPDUIS Database

Available Data Years

Type of Year:
Calendar
First Available Year:
2000
Last Available Year:
2013

Geographic Coverage

Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Whenever required for analytical product or data request

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
CIHI's eStore: Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2012
URL: https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productFamily.htm?locale=en&pf=PFC2594&lang=en&media=0

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

While the count of seniors with accepted claims is calculated over the entire year, the population of each jurisdiction is calculated at a specific time. Because of this, it is assumed that this indicator over-estimates the rate.

Trending Issues

All data is not available for all years:

– Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, New Brunswick: From January 2000

– Nova Scotia: From April 2001

– Prince Edward Island: From April 2004

– British Columbia: From January 2006

– Newfoundland and Labrador: From April 2008

– Ontario: From April 2010

– First Nations and Inuit Health Branch: From October 2010

Comments

Not applicable