AMA wants GPs paid to hire pharmacists

THE AMA wants the government to pay general practices up to $187,500 a year to employ pharmacists as part of a new funding model that would save the health system $1.56 for every dollar invested.

A Pharmacist in General Practice Incentive Payment (PGPIP) plan unveiled by the AMA today would pay clinics $25,000 a year per 1000 Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) for hiring pharmacists for a minimum of 12 hours and 40 minutes per week.

Rural loadings up to 50 per cent would apply in the same way as for the Practice Nurse Incentive Programme (PNIP).

The plan, which would cost around $1 billion over