Day: July 27, 2016


VAC drug programs under review

The auditor general has recommended Veterans Affairs Canada tighten up and update its drugs benefits program and policies, actions which VAC says have already begun. The auditor general examined the program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years, looking at evidence used to make decisions, strategies to keep costs in line, and monitoring of prescriptions. It found the department wanting on each front. In 2014-15, the drug benefits program served about 51,000 veterans at a cost of about $80 million.    A review of decisions by the committee that oversees adding or removing and tightening or broadening access found many decisions that were not supported by evidence. For instance, in 2014, the department decided to limit medical marijuana coverage to 10 grams per day, but the auditor gen...

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