Hot debate over pay for ‘free’ services

Whether or not to pay pharmacists for currently free primary care services has emerged as hot-button issue as a review into the industry gains pace.

The idea of a payment model which recognises the invaluable role of pharmacists has been gaining traction during consultation sessions for the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation meetings being held across the country this month.

The 15 sessions are a chance for pharmacists, consumers and other interest groups to speak directly to the three members of the panel carrying out the review, which has the potential