Price competition welcomed: Government

Price competition in community pharmacy will drive values to the consumer, health minister Sussan Ley says.

Speaking at the Guild’s annual parliamentary dinner in Canberra, Ms Ley said she makes “no apologies for a measure that will drive a more competitive sector.”

The Minister acknowledged there was discontent among pharmacists about the discount but said the $1 cap on the discount for the life of the 6CPA was a “fair and reasonable measure”, and took into account feedback from the sector.

“For consumers with a life threatening disease or chronic condition