Series GR-3593 - Pharmacare research and evaluation files

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Pharmacare research and evaluation files

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  • 1969-2012 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Pharmacare division

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5.8 m of textual records

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The Pharmacare division was responsible for the administration of the province’s drug reimbursement program of the same name. The division verified and processed claims, negotiated and monitored Pharmacy Participation Agreements, and established benefits and reimbursement policies under the Pharmacare program. The benefits included most prescription medications, insulin, needles, syringes, and blood-glucose testing strips, certain ostomy supplies, designated permanent prosthetic appliances and children’s orthotic devices. Under the Pharmaceutical Services Act (SBC 2012, c. 22), the Minister of Health is responsible for administering the Pharmacare program.

The Pharmacare division was located within the Corporate Programs branch of the Ministry of Health.

By 2006, administration of the Pharmacare program had been transferred to the Pharmaceutical Services division.

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The series consists of Pharmacare research and evaluation files created by the Pharmacare Division of the Ministry of Health from 1969-2012. This includes correspondence, reports, medical journal articles, statistical printouts, formularies, working papers, memoranda, surveys, project charters and briefing notes. The series documents the development, management review and analysis of policies and programs to evaluate Pharmacare program objectives and efficiency. The series contains records documenting similar programs in other provinces and jurisdictions, and it appears as if these were used as comparative material for planning programs and developing policies. The series consists of correspondence with, and reports from, researchers at the University of British Columbia, who worked with statistics and records provided by Pharmacare. Among the surveys and correspondence contained within the series, there are patient satisfaction surveys and further background material on the Home Oxygen program. The series also consists of pharmacy review questionnaires and other such surveys.

The series consists of statistical reports that were generated from the records of specific dispensing institutions and pharmacies. Many of the statistical reports contain several Pharmacare codes for which there is no apparent key. The series also contains drug cost calculations.

The series consists of copies of reports and articles from pharmaceutical and medical publications. These appear to have been used in order to determine whether or not a particular pharmaceutical would be suitable for coverage by Pharmacare, and whether there were more effective drugs available on the market. Frequently, researchers compiled studies and further reports to support the argument for a drug’s inclusion within the Pharmacare program. This may include evaluations on budgetary impacts for adding new drugs to the Pharmacare program or expanding uses for existing drugs, referred to as budget impact analysis.

The series includes a set of records on the DMAN project. However, supporting accession records include a note that, as of May 2001, the Ministry of Health were not aware of the meaning of the acronym.

The records in this series are covered by classifications 70450 and 70300 of the Pharmacare Services ORCS (schedule 123389).

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Attempts to copy Thermofax records were not always successful. Many of these records are extremely faded.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health in 2016 and 2019.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Many of the records in this series were interfiled with records from other Pharmacare series. Researchers are encouraged to also consult GR-3594, GR-3595, GR-3596, and GR-3597.

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Accession number(s) : 91-6672, 91-9061, 91-9062, 92-1688, 92-5311, 95-3101, 96-4821, 96-5272, 96-7589

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