Budget help for disaster-stricken pharmacies

King Island pharmacy

A PBS measure will be enacted to enable a pharmacy to operate from temporary premises after damage to the permanent premises, without having to apply formally to relocate the pharmacy.

The Budget measure is set to ensure pharmacists do not lose income while waiting to return to the damaged premises, and will continue to get 100% of PBS payments while waiting for their approved premises to be repaired.

This also prevents a very small number of pharmacies from supplying PBS medicines from two premises at the same time.

“The Government will provide $900,000 over four years from 2016-17 to streamline the administrative processes for approved pharmacies which are required to relocate due to damaged premises,” says the Guild in Forefront.

“These changes will amend the legislation to ensure that Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines can only be supplied at alternative pharmacy premises when an approved pharmacy premises is damaged to the extent that the public cannot access those premises. The alternative premises must be in the same locality and only operate for a period of up to six months.

“The changes will ensure that these temporary pharmacies will receive full PBS supply payments immediately following the damage, rather than from the date of approval. Currently they only receive 90%.”

Image: the King Island Pharmacy following a fire which gutted it (it has since re-opened).

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