Pharmacist-owned GP clinics risk over-prescribing: economist

Federal productivity commissioner says it should be stopped

Pharmacists who own GP clinics risk undermining patient care by contracting doctors who prescribe more so they can generate bigger dispensing profits, a federal productivity commissioner says.


There has been long-standing bewilderment that pharmacists are able to own GP practices while GPs are effectively banned from owning pharmacies amid fears about the integrity of the separation between prescribers and dispensers. 

Dr Stephen King (PhD), who led the Federal Government’s review of pharmacy regulation, told a Queensland parliamentary inquiry