Tendering advocated for rural pharmacies

A tendering service should be established to ensure rural and regional Australia continues to enjoy access to pharmacy services, the Competition Policy Review believes.

Acknowledging that their recommendation for pharmacy ownership and location rules to be deregulated would potentially severely impact rural services, Professor Ian Harper and the review panel have said that a system of tendering could fill the breach.

“The Panel accepts that competition between pharmacies is not sufficient on its

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