Can you remember the last time GPs had a win?

WE HEAR much about the costs of healthcare. Whenever it is suggested that people pay even one cent towards the cost of seeing a GP there is outrage. It is as if it is either free or unaffordable, with nothing in between.

So why are chemists subjected to a different standard in monetary matters? It was reported in February that some 70% of patients are ‘missing out’ on a one-dollar discount, which started on 1 January. The scheme allows chemists to charge $5.20 to pensioners and $37.30 to everyone else (versus $6.20 and $38.30).

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