Drug reimbursement rules run up against privacy issues

By Lorna Harris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2005

In an effort to keep a lid on the cost of prescription drugs, Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers agreed on a two-tier system of reimbursement. Under the base plan, prescriptions would be reimbursed at 80 per cent. Under the plan listing supplementary drugs, the reimbursement was only 50 per cent.

Both parties had already agreed that if an employee needed a drug for life-sustaining purposes, or to combat the side-effects of a life-sustaining drug, and that drug was found only on the supplementary list, then the reimbursement would rise to 80 per cent.

What they disagreed about was the form doctors were asked to fill out to have their patients qualify for the higher reimbursement rate.