Pharmacy’s $19b deal a ‘political’ move

DOCTORS and consumer groups say the government has folded to the pharmacy sector with a new $19 billion agreement that puts politics above patient care.

As general practice shoulders the burden of an MBS rebate freeze, the massive funding boost for pharmacies includes a doubling of the allocation for pharmacy-delivered primary care to $1.26 billion.

Health Minister Sussan Ley introduced the legislation on Wednesday, telling parliament the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement would let the sector “innovate and transition from