How this doctor helped 35 Manitoba patients save $12K in a year
2020-01-06 from cbc.ca
A family doctor working in southern Manitoba is helping his patients save thousands of dollars on prescription medications thanks to the work of local researchers — and he wants other physicians to do the same.
Dr. Daniel Hunt, who works in the city of Winkler and the nearby town of Carman, said he's saved 35 of his patients a total of $12,000 a year since he started using a drug price comparison list created by University of Manitoba researchers several years ago.
"There were giant price differences — like, tenfold price differences," said Hunt, who is based at the C.W. Wiebe clinic in Winkler, about 100 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.
In 2017, a list of prices for commonly prescribed medications in Manitoba was created to help prescribers choose the most cost-effective medications that will work for their patients.
The list breaks down prescription drugs by their type, and shows prescribers what a 90-day supply of each drug would cost.
Before the list was available, prescribers had to call pharmacies to ask about drug prices.
Hunt started using it and noticed a big difference for his patients.
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