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Almost 1 million Canadians give up food, heat to afford prescriptions: study

Almost 1 million Canadians give up food, heat to afford prescriptions: study
From CBC - February 13, 2018

Nearly one million Canadians spent lesson necessities like food and heat to afford their prescriptions in 2016, according to a new study.

The paper, published Tuesday, found that730,000 people skimped onfood and another 238,000 spent less onheating their homea total of 968,000 people.

"We knew lots of Canadians were having trouble paying for medication," saidMichael Law, lead author on the paper andassociate professor inUBC's school of population and public health.

"Now we know they are trading off other everyday necessities in order to pay for prescription drugs."

The study surveyed 28,091 people as part of theStatistics Canada Canadian Community Health Survey, asking questions about their finances and prescriptions.

People without insurance, people with lower incomes and younger people in generalwere more likely to say they struggle to afford medication.

Indigenous people were nearly twice as likely to report challenges, as were women comparatively to men.

The study also said more than 1.6million Canadians 8.2 per cent of people who were prescribed medication in 2016did not fill those prescriptions, skipped doses, or otherwise did not take the medicine because they could not pay for it.

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