Pharmacists and pharmacy creep worry GPs – but aren’t top issues


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A survey on the issues which most concern GPs has shown that pharmacists and the allied health scope of practice aren’t the key issue for most, but remain an issue many find threatening.

The survey, of more than 150 RACGP members, shows the freeze on Medicare rebates as the biggest threat by far, Medical Observer reports.

The rebates freeze was nominated as the top threat by 55% of the GPs, who were asked about their key concerns during the GP15 conference.

In second place was the future of general practice training (named as the top threat by 25% of GPs) and “Dr Google” (12%).

In contrast, only 8% were most worried about pharmacists and the allied health scope of practice.

However, another survey, “pharmacy creep” was shown to be a key issue GPs want the RACGP to focus its advocacy on, with 46% selecting it as their top preference. Medicare funding was a preferred focus, at 73%.

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