Budget measures could have big consequences: pharmacy leaders warn

The Federal Government needs to consider the bigger picture when looking at further PBS cuts, pharmacy leaders are warning, saying a number of other mooted health budget cuts may already impact medicines expenditure.

The flow-on impact of policies like the GP co-payment will most likely lead to reductions in PBS levels anyway, says Anthony Tassone (pictured), president, Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Victoria).

“There’s lots of speculation of what’s going to happen in the Budget, but the government does need to be mindful that other policies, such as the GP co