Pharmacy’s $600m windfall

The Health Minister is expected to follow through with promised 6CPA funding for community pharmacy programs

After Minister Greg Hunt announced at APP 2017 that the government was working “very positively” towards releasing the $600m for community pharmacy programs, the move is now close to being secured, according to media reports.

The funding had been promised to the pharmacy sector as part of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement, to boost pharmacist services including HMRs, DAAs, MedsChecks, rural support programs, e-health and more.

It is expected to be announced as part of the Budget next month.

“The Government is having constructive discussions with a number of sectors including the Pharmacy Guild, Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of GPs and Medicines Australia aimed at improving access to doctors, reducing the cost of medicines and improving health outcomes,” a spokesperson for the Minister told the AJP.

Minister Hunt is also expected to reach a compromise with the Pharmacy Guild over the risk share dispute surrounding a shortfall in prescription volumes over 2015-16, with the Guild calling for a reimbursement of $82 million to pharmacies.

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