Benefit Costs

Drug Dispensing Fees – Ontario (July to Dec. 2017)

2018-11-23T15:48:04+00:00

Although, these figures are historical (not released regularly), it is easy to see that Plan Sponsors should be encouraging plan members to be wise consumers and to look at the cost that pharmacist are charging for professional drug dispensing fees. Since guidelines were enacted a number of years ago, aimed at eliminating certain incentives/rebates to [...]

Drug Dispensing Fees – Ontario (July to Dec. 2017)2018-11-23T15:48:04+00:00

Designed for Health – Sun Life Benchmarking Reports

2018-09-09T14:02:55+00:00

Sun Life recently released 2 exceptional benchmarking reports for the under 50 and plus 50 employer marketplace. Unfortunately, they did not summarize the results in an Executive Summary, so it is unlikely any plan sponsor will read a 56 page and 72 page report.  (What were they thinking).  That means this data from over 20,000 benefits [...]

Designed for Health – Sun Life Benchmarking Reports2018-09-09T14:02:55+00:00

Ontario government to become second payer under OHIP+ changes

2018-07-12T22:01:36+00:00

Ontario’s new Conservative government has announced changes to the province’s youth pharmacare program to make it second payer for Ontarians under age 25 who have coverage through private benefits plans. “Today, our government is announcing our intent to fix the OHIP+ program by focusing benefits on those who do not have existing prescription drug benefits,” [...]

Ontario government to become second payer under OHIP+ changes2018-07-12T22:01:36+00:00

2016 DRUG TRENDS AT A GLANCE (Express Scripts Report)

2018-04-17T15:54:35+00:00

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 2016, Express Scripts Canada’s analysis of private-plan spending trends once again reflected opposing cost forces.  Factors driving an increase in drug spend have outweighed downward pressure on drug costs. At the same time, high-cost drugs and high-cost patients continued to create troubling trend acceleration. These new medicines offer high cure rates for [...]

2016 DRUG TRENDS AT A GLANCE (Express Scripts Report)2018-04-17T15:54:35+00:00

Green Shield Canada 2014 Health Study

2018-04-17T15:55:13+00:00

Recently, Green Shield Canada (GSC) came out with their 2014 Health Study.  This was an innovative look at the trends this large Insurer is seeing in their block of business.  The results have been sorted by age bands and includes health claims data; in addition to the more familiar drug data.  High level, we learned [...]

Green Shield Canada 2014 Health Study2018-04-17T15:55:13+00:00