Consumer group backs pharmacy role

But deregulation is still on the CHF agenda

The Consumers Health Forum has outlined its election stance on pharmacists’ role in primary health

In addition to their call for a single safety net for the PBS and MBS among other things set forth in their election platform, CHF has voiced its support for the integration of pharmacists in general practice.

“The Consumers Health Forum is on record as supporting a strengthened role for pharmacists in providing evidence-based services, in primary health.  This includes a pharmacy role in general practice focusing on non-dispensing services,” says CEO Leanne Wells.

CHF is also sticking by its previous support for deregulation but looks forward to the results of the ‘King review’.

“We are also on the record as opposing community pharmacy’s location and ownership rules and this position has not changed,” says Ms Wells.

“We want to see what the current review of the CPA on remuneration and regulation says – a review we have strongly supported.  The review’s outcomes will feed into any new CPA or a replacement arrangement if that is what is decided.”

CHF have also called for improved access to medicines, including no new co-payments.

“We want assurances the Government will continue to follow PBAC recommendations on new medicines and that savings from measures such as price disclosure go to fund access to new medicines,” says Ms Wells.

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1 Comment

  1. Jarrod McMaugh

    It’s interesting the consumer groups don’t understand the purpose of regulation.

    Too often, consumer groups underestimate the risks associated with the delivery of a professional service by businesses that aren’t qualified, and overestimate the ability of the consumer to make informed decisions about safety and actual need for that service.

    If pharmacy ownership rules open to anyone, there’ll be quite the land-rush of groups joining ownership ranks. What percentage of those in the rush are going to be doing it with “improved consumer outcomes” as their top priority?

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