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Indicator Metadata

NamePrescribed Drug Spending per Capita
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

DescriptionThe indicator measures how much is spent on prescribed drugs per person.
InterpretationA higher indicator result means there was more spending on prescribed drugs per person without considering population age and sex profiles and other utilization factors.
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Indicator Results

https://www.cihi.ca/en/national-health-expenditure-trends

Identifying Information
NamePrescribed Drug Spending per Capita
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionThe indicator measures how much is spent on prescribed drugs per person.
Calculation: DescriptionThe indicator is calculated by dividing prescribed drug spending by the population.
Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Number - Dollars

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Not applicable

Denominator

Description:
Population at provincial and national levels

Numerator

Description:
Prescribed drug spending
Inclusions:
1. Substances considered to be drugs under the Food and Drugs Act that are sold for human use as the result of a prescription from a health professional

2. Dispensing fees, markups and appropriate taxes
Exclusions:
1. Therapeutic drug products not requiring a prescription

2. Personal health supplies

3. Drugs dispensed in hospital and, generally, in other institutions

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

The indicator was developed to provide information about how much, on average, a person spends on prescribed drugs. Prescribed drug spending and the population can influence indicator results.

Interpretation

A higher indicator result means there was more spending on prescribed drugs per person without considering population age and sex profiles and other utilization factors.

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

Not applicable

References

Not applicable

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

NHEX

Available Data Years

Type of Year:
Calendar
First Available Year:
1975
Last Available Year:
2017

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
National Health Expenditures Trends
URL: https://www.cihi.ca/en/national-health-expenditure-trends

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

Data contained in the National Health Expenditure Database is estimated. The data is collected from diverse sources and includes varying classes of financial information. The data is collected and classified according to methods established by a review committee. CIHI's analysts and external experts continue to improve the comprehensiveness, accuracy and currency of the data to provide the most complete and objective estimates possible. Notwithstanding this, national health expenditure data is estimated and should be used accordingly.

Trending Issues

In the process of compiling the national health expenditure series from year to year, new information becomes available, methods and concepts are refined and data sources are improved. The data is revised to reflect these enhancements.

Comments

Not applicable