Senate debates

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


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

10:31 am

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

One further question on this line. Will the government consider the impact on community pharmacies from these changes in the future? There seems to have been a gradual but continual cutting of the revenue that community pharmacies get. In respect of that, is the government concerned about the long-term viability of community pharmacies, particularly in regional Australia? Will there be any ongoing dialogue that goes beyond this specific aspect of price disclosure, and goes to the viability of community pharmacies, in acknowledgement of the role they play in providing assistance and service to communities, particularly in regional Australia, in dispensing medicine and providing general medical advice?


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