GPs should be paid to hire pharmacists: AMA

The AMA wants the government to pay general practices up to $187,500 a year to employ pharmacists as part of a new funding model that it says could save the health system $1.56 for every dollar invested.

It has called the system the Pharmacist in General Practice Incentive Payment plan, and would compensate practices for hiring pharmacists for a minimum of 12 hours and 40 minutes per week.

The plan would give pharmacists a range of roles, including educating doctors and patients, performing medication reviews, and answering specific medication