I just refilled a prescription and muttered all the way home at the cost. (Yes, I have excellent insurance and I paid little, but I was aghast at the price before insurance. 

With that still rattling around my head I read this:

The best systems have a national formulary (list of drugs covered) with single purchaser paying power, says Steve Morgan, a health policy professor at the University of British Columbia. New Zealand has a much smaller population than Canada, says Morgan, but negotiates brand-name drug prices that are roughly 40 per cent lower and generic drug prices that are 90 per cent lower than Canadian prices because it purchases medications as a country.