Limiting Patient Choice: Cost Containment in Pharmacare Decision-Making

Cost containment initiatives, including reference based pricing, therapeutic substitution, and policies of sole tendering, harm BC patients and frustrate physicians who feel they are not in control of the care plan that is best for their patient's condition.

These cost containment initiatives are short-term solutions that simply push costs to other parts of the healthcare system and generate negative health outcomes for patients. Moreover, the negative affect these initiatives have on the doctor/patient relationship represent a dangerous threat to quality health care.