Increase Prescription Co-Payments
The amount NZers pay for prescriptions ($5 per item) is well below what similar OECD countries charge.
A higher co-payment would allow pharmacy to boost its earnings to keep pace with inflation and adequately remunerate the specialised workforce needed.
Higher prescription charges would be cost neutral to the government as they wouldn’t have to find funding to boost pharmacy payments as pharmacy's could retain any increase in prescription charge amounts.
Higher prescription charges would also cut down on pharmaceutical waste generated. With low or even no prescription charges in some cases, the act of conscious thought is removed from the decision to collect prescription medicines.
If the govt is concerned about public acceptance, a discretionary fund could be established for pharmacies to selectively supply identified individuals with financial hardship.
Why the contribution is important
Because pharmacy is inadequately funded and we are struggling to recruit and retain staff to the industry.
by jfhnz on April 26, 2023 at 11:31AM