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B.C. removes prescription drug deductibles for low-income residents

The Canadian Press

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By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — Health Minister Adrian Dix says British Columbia has taken a “long overdue step forward” to help lower-income households handle the cost of prescription drugs.

Dix says deductibles and other payments have been eliminated for 240,000 families, meaning they no longer have to choose between paying for their medical needs or affording basics, such as food or shelter.

The Health Ministry says a three-year, $105-million program that took effect Jan. 1 ensures a family with a net annual income of $30,000 or less no longer pay a deductible for prescription drugs.

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