Access to prescription medication often depends on where and how you work, rather than your need. Using the data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, we examined the size of the benefit gap between part-time and full-time workers and explored how disparities are greater for some workers in Ontario.
We found that those who work part-time are less likely to have access to prescription medication and that this disproportionately impacts newcomers, younger workers and racialized individuals. To achieve good health, all Ontarians need access to prescription medications without financial barriers and regardless of hours of work. This report highlights how our current patchwork approach to drug coverage is leaving workers behind.