If a Canadian had a $20,000 annual drug bill, earned the average Canadian household income of $76,400 and had no private drug insurance, the out-of-pocket costs would vary widely from province to province, from $0 to $20,000. If there were a catastrophic drug plan - one in which patients spend no more than 3 per cent of family income - the results would be much different. No patient would pay more than $2,292
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