Table 4

Total drug costs by income decile

Entire BC population

Non-senior population

Senior population


Mean total drug costs

Percent of total drug costs

Mean total drug costs

Percent of total drug costs

Mean total drug costs

Percent of total drug costs


Deciles measured by CRA validated income


1 ($900–3,750)

743.27

10.39

826.46

15.24

894.61

6.99

2 ($3750–12,000)

615.16

8.60

456.26

8.41

942.67

7.37

3 ($12,000–16,000)

605.19

8.46

332.54

6.13

1059.92

8.28

4 ($16,000–20,000)

681.31

9.53

334.55

6.17

1178.95

9.21

5 ($20,000–29,375)

534.48

7.47

358.74

6.61

1280.50

10.01

6 ($29,375–39,584)

653.91

9.14

411.01

7.58

1352.22

10.57

7 ($29,584–51,250)

705.15

9.86

503.90

9.29

1420.86

11.11

8 ($51,250–67,917)

821.07

11.48

654.20

12.06

1499.01

11.72

9 ($67,917–91,667)

881.27

12.32

741.34

13.67

1565.45

12.24

10 ($91,667–475,000)

912.01

12.75

804.41

14.83

1599.72

12.50

100

100

100


Deciles measured by neighbourhood income


1 ($4,200–20,100)

726.63

10.16

615.32

11.35

1109.80

8.67

2 ($20,100–23,800)

653.33

9.13

499.71

9.21

1189.72

9.30

3 ($23,800–26,500)

697.09

9.75

511.38

9.43

1245.68

9.74

4 ($26,500–29,00)

700.24

9.79

510.90

9.42

1273.95

9.96

5 ($29,00–31,300)

707.28

9.89

523.97

9.66

1271.18

9.94

6 $31,300–33,900)

711.68

9.95

531.67

9.80

1309.01

10.23

7 ($33,900–36,900)

720.97

10.08

540.98

9.97

1323.70

10.35

8 ($36,900–41,300)

722.07

10.09

545.90

10.07

1343.11

10.50

9 ($41,300–48,900)

728.69

10.19

554.05

10.22

1349.44

10.55

10 ($48,900–310,900)

784.83

10.97

589.86

10.87

1378.30

10.77

100

100

100


Note: All numbers are based on the best-case scenario in which all non-registered households are assigned a hypothetical individual-level income decile that is identical to their area-based measure.

Hanley and Morgan BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:79   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-8-79

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