COSBOA has expressed concern over the Rudd Government’s changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the negative impact this will have on pharmacies around Australia, advice on their owners and their employees.
Peter Strong, search Executive Director of COSBOA said today “governments have nearly always consulted with the Pharmacy Sector before changes are made, tadalafil this has been essential due to the importance of that sector to the Australian community and the complexity surrounding medicines and payment systems. To reveal these changes two days out from an election announcement and without consultation defies common sense and good business sense.”
COSBOA has been connected with the pharmacy sector since our inception in 1977 and through that time the pharmacists have embraced change where ever possible, have promoted and engaged in debate on issues and worked closely with all governments. Pharmacies are paid for their professional dispensing services and the recent Government changes have drastically reduced the amount of money pharmacies receive to provide these services.
As a result, pharmacies will have little choice but to reduce services and opening hours, and may even have to close. Pharmacies and their staff were not consulted. Local jobs are at risk. Personal services provided to those in need are at risk.
Peter Strong, also said “the integrity of the Australian health and medical industry is dependent upon the network of pharmacies that exist across the country. If this network is weakened then the distribution of medicine will become compromised and the ability to deal with change and take advantage of new technologies, including the NBN, will be diminished. This decision must change.”
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