Why pharmacies are rejecting extended services

Researchers highlight 'serious deficiency' in the current funding model

It is a "serious deficiency” that pharmacists are deprived of the type of funding provided to other health practitioners, say Australian researchers who have found that fewer than 50% of pharmacies offer extended services.

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The Curtin University team has conducted a survey that shows time and financial constraints are the main causes of resistance.

Nearly one-third of WA pharmacies completed their questionnaire to determine the prevalence of extended services, including flu vaccinations, medication reviews and diabetes education, as well as enhanced services, such as blood pressure

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