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The 10 Most Important Drug Insurance Events of 2018

Similarly to previous years, 2018 was a year rich in significant disruptions for the drug insurance industry in Canada. Here is our fourth edition of the 10 developments of the past year that have had—or will have—the greatest impact.

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February 2019

2019 social security programs parameters

Here are the parameters that will be used by the major social security programs in 2019.

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January 2019

Introduction of a health tax in British Columbia

As announced in last year’s British Columbia budget, a new employer health tax (EHT) was introduced on January 1, 2019. This new tax is meant to fill the gap caused by the reduction in Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums, which were cut in half in 2018 and will be completely eliminated on January 1, 2020.

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January 2019

Further details on OHIP+

In June 2018, Ontario’s Health Minister announced the government’s position on OHIP+—the free universal drug program for all Ontarians under age 25—which had been implemented six months prior by the previous government. The new Ontario government was effectively seeking to become the second payer for individuals under age 25 covered by a private plan.

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January 2019