A Federal Senator recently questioned whether MedsChecks represent pharmacists being paid for ‘doing their job’. Do you agree?
A Federal Senator questioned whether pharmacies should be remunerated for providing services such as the 6CPA MedsCheck program.
During the June round of Senate Estimates Committee hearings, Department of Health officials flagged audits of several pharmacy programs, including those for the provision of Consumer Medicines Information and for MedsChecks.
In one encounter, Senator Stirling Griff (Nick Xenophon Team, SA) questioned whether pharmacies should be remunerated for providing MedsChecks.
In response to his question asking what should happen if a patient experiences a significant medical event within a year of having a MedsCheck, Julianne Quaine, assistant secretary, PHI and Pharmacy Branch, of the Department’s Technology Assessment and Access Division said: “If a patient is still accessing a community pharmacist and accessing medicines, the pharmacist certainly does have a professional obligation to answer any of their questions about the medicines or discuss any issues they are having in terms of side-effects. That is part of the pharmacist’s normal professional practice.
Senator Griff said in response “does this mean that also pharmacists who participate in MedsCheck are effectively being paid extra to do a job that they should already be doing as part of their responsibilities?”
“No, I think the MedsCheck is over and above the normal professional practice of a pharmacist,” Ms Quaine responded.
We wanted to see if our readers agreed with the Senator or not: