Series GR-3593 - Pharmacare research and evaluation files

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Pharmacare research and evaluation files

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  • 1969-2009 (Creation)

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6.1 m textual records, 6- 3 1/2 floppy disks, and 1- 5 1/4 floppy disk.

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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 correspondence, reports, medical journal articles, statistical printouts, formularies, working papers, memoranda, surveys, project charters and briefing notes created by Pharmacare between 1969 and 2009. The series documents the development, review, and analysis of policies and programs to evaluate program objectives and efficiency. The series contains records documenting similar programs in other provinces and Washington State, 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, although the key to these codes does not appear to have been transferred with the records. The series also contains reports from the Drug Use Review program as well as drug cost calculations.

The series consists of copies of 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 Pharmacare coverage and whether there were more effective drugs available on the market.

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 ORCS 70450 and 70300 of the Pharmacare records management schedule (123389).

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Physical condition

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

The 5 1/4 floppy disk was opened and a printout was made of the file directory. As of May 2016, the file (a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet) could not be opened. All 3 1/2 inch floppy disks were opened and printouts made of the directories. Files on disks in containers 932875-0001 file 4, 932875-0002 file 20, and 932875-0005 file 15 were opened. These were printed and a paper copy included in the box. Files on disks in 932875-0004 file 26 and 932875-0006 file 76 could not be accessed due to the file extension.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2016.


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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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Associated materials

Many of the records in this series were interfiled with records from other Pharmacare series. Researchers are encouraged to also consult GR-3593, GR-3595, GR-3596, and GR-3597.

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Accession number(s) : 91-6672, 91-9061, 91-9062, 93-2261, 96-4821.

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