Senate debates

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


National Health Amendment (Simplified Price Disclosure) Bill 2013; In Committee

10:15 am

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

Bingo! If you change the time frame, that makes all the difference. The complaint of these pharmacists is not about price disclosure per se but about the fact that they cannot adjust in time. They are having to make significant adjustments to their businesses, their community pharmacies, because of the price disclosure being truncated in this way. That is what is causing significant hardship. They are having to change their business models and restructure staffing. These are some of the issues.

The next question is: what will the additional savings of this accelerated price disclosure—I think the government refers to it as a 'simplified price disclosure'—be compared to what was in place prior to the changes announced by the former government on the eve of the caretaker mode coming in?


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