Series GR-3595 - Pharmacare strategic planning and consultation files

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Pharmacare strategic planning and consultation files

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  • 1974-2005 (Creation)

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1.4 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 correspondence, reports, newsletters, meeting minutes, checklists, and memoranda documenting Pharmacare’s policy development and strategic planning. The records were created by the Pharmacare division between 1974 and 2005, although the records date predominantly to the 1980s and 1990s. The records provide evidence of program and policy development and the creation of new Pharmacare programs. The series documents relationships between Pharmacare and various external bodies and agencies, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Wholesale Drug Association, and the Workers’ Compensation Board. The series also contains consultation files, which document the provision of expert advice on pharmacology or other aspects of the Pharmacare program. This advice was often tied to the decision-making process and development of Pharmacare programs.

The records are governed by classifications 70400-20 and 70480-20 of the Pharmacare Services ORCS (schedule 123389). For records pertaining to the exeution of policies and programs, please see GR-3594.

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While every attempt was made to produce copies of records printed on faded Thermofax paper, these efforts were not always successful.

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Records were transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2016.


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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for information about access

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Many of the records in this series were interfiled with records from other Pharmacare series. Researchers are encouraged to consult GR-3593, GR-3594, GR-3596, and GR-3597.

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

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