Thursday, April 03, 2008

Drug Costs: We Told You So

In Saskatchewan, administration costs are eating up the benefits of income testing a poorly conceived drug plan. And the CTF predicted it.

Six months before an election call, the NDP introduced a drug plan that left seniors paying just $15 of any prescription. The Sask Party railed against the plan for its high cost and lack of income testing. Yet, at election time, they proposed that only seniors making more than $64,004 would forfeit the benefits.

Recent reports reveal the cost of eliminating just 7,500 of 150,000 seniors from "pharmacare" is eating up 1/4 of the $2 million saved income testing the $50 million plan. But as our Feb 26 Let's Talk Taxes article reveals, this scenario was entirely predictable.

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