Drug Use in Canada: Opportunity Lost

By | January 28th, 2002|Op-ed|

In this piece from the Ottawa Citizen, AIMS Fellow in Health Care Policy, Dr. David Zitner, amplifies the theme of AIMS recently released research paper, Public Health, State Secret. He emphasizes that, although the Canadian government is spending huge amounts of tax-payer money on health information, they are gaining little useful knowledge about what is really happening in the current system. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of pharmaceuticals. Dr. Zitner stresses that although Canadians ingested over $15 billion in drugs and complementary medicines last year, no one knows whether their affects were harmful or helpful. No Canadian province has routine systems to systematically inquire and learn about the outcomes of pharmaceuticals, although they would inform clinicians about the results of the care they provide, and save lives. Dr. Zitner is Director of Medical Informatics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Publication: OC, January 28, 2002