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