The cost of medicines in all pharmacies is different, there are pharmacies cheaper and more expensive. But for those drugs that are sold without a prescription, in Canadian Pharmacy there are always various discounts, because the price is not stable and it may happen that the drug will cost much cheaper.
Canada Pharmacy’s Customer Care Policy guarantees the rights of both buyers and seller. For example, thyroxine with 80% discount will cost $5 for 90 tablets (dose for three months). Without discounts for three months, the price of the drug will be about $20. The same goes for most other drugs.
Do online Canadian pharmaceuticals abide by laws?
When you apply with a prescription to any pharmacy, you immediately get a file with your address, the doctor who prescribed the medicine will ask for your allergies and other information, and if you have insurance will make its data in the file.
Now, every next time you visit the pharmacy worker will know all about you and he will also check whether the doctor made a mistake in the discharge of the drug, and whether you have an Allergy to it, check again the dosage and all the rest.
If you want to change the pharmacy, then from one pharmacy your file will be sent to another pharmacy that you specify. Because the medicine can be prescribed to you in, let’s say, several portions. For example, you have been taking for many years a drug for hypothyroidism and you will be immediately discharged for a year.
But in the pharmacy I give it only 100 tablets, and on the check always write that there are three, or two, or one refill (in this context as a portion). Because every time you go for a prescription to the doctor is not necessary until I have exhausted all the doctor prescribed for a year supply. So if you’d like to change the pharmacy, refills will be transferred to another pharmacy and do not need to go back to the doctor for a prescription.
A few words about Canadian pharmacy-related legislation
The Canadian health care system is one of the most effective in the world. This is evidenced by the average age of life of the inhabitants of this country, which is 82.2 years. This is one of the highest rates in the world. At the same time, unlike the United States and some other highly developed countries, medical services in Canada are conditionally free, which makes them available to all residents of this country.
The health-care system of Canada is governed by the national Law of Canada regarding the health of 1984 (Canada Health Act of 1984). Under this Act, Canadian health care is overwhelmingly publicly funded. That is, for residents of Canada (Permanent Resident), it is free, except for some areas. Such as dentistry, ophthalmology, cosmetology and others. However, residents of the country are paying for their medicine as part of taxes paid annually to the budget of Canada. And taxes in Canada are much higher than, for example, in the US, where there is no free medicine.
The Canadian health care system, informally called Medicare, assumes that every Canadian, including children, has a special Health Card, which can also be a document proving the identity of its bearer. Such a card must be presented at any treatment in a medical institution in Canada or to a medical professional of any level.
It should be noted that Canada has a sufficient number of highly qualified medical specialists. After all, medical education in Canada is at a very high level. People who have received one of the medical degrees are required to pass a special qualification exam (Qualifying Examination) of the professional organization of the Canadian Medical Council (Medical Council of Canada).
Does Government protect your wallet?
Medicines in Canada are among the most expensive in the world. The country ranks third in the cost of medicines after the US and Switzerland. According to a recent study conducted by the Argus Reid Institute in 2015, one in five people in Canada could not afford to buy medicines prescribed by a doctor. At the same time, doctors do not tell patients the cost of medicines in the pharmacy. Pharmacists note that doctors not only do not report the cost of drugs, but may not know them. When prescribing a patient, a prescription consisting of a combination of two different drugs, the doctor may not know that the manufacture of the drug will cost three times more.
High drug prices are partly due to the fact that Canadian companies invest small amounts (4-10% of revenues) in the scientific development of medicines. The country has a well-established system of health insurance, which can cover up to 100% of the cost of medicines. Usually such insurance is paid by the employer. Medicines for people who have reached retirement age are free in Canada.
A prescription from a doctor, whether your family doctor, or any other in any clinic, is completely free as is free and a visit to the doctor for any reason. This is covered by state or provincial insurance, which is also free for people. Canadian medicine is really free, you never pay a penny, do not put anything in the pocket of a nurse or doctor, and do not give them even a box of chocolates:)
To the doctor to get a prescription or to complain about something is not necessary to register in advance, it can be done and when you came up with the idea to visit him, though in this case without recording sometimes have to sit in line.