TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ -
- The McGuinty Government is slashing $750M out of front-line health
- These cuts will represent significant changes to pharmacy and front
line health care - it will mean reduced hours of operation, less
patient services, like one-on-one consultations and in some cases,
- Pharmacists are not against lower drug costs - provided it doesn't
threaten the front-line pharmacy and health care services Ontarians
have come to rely on and deserve.
- Pharmacists were negotiating with the government in good faith, for
9 months and they came close to finding a solution - a solution that
would have saved the government hundreds of millions of dollars and
not have front-line health care services compromised.
- The government has chronically underfunded pharmacy for decades, and
many of the services they provide are not compensated. Dispensing
fees have only been raised 56 cents in 20 years.
- Professional allowances were designed by the Ontario government -
they are audited, regulated and supervised forms of payment to
pharmacy that government is now seeking to eliminate and not put
adequate funding back in.
- There has been a 4% increase in the number of pharmacies in Ontario
in the last 3 years. During the same period the prescription volume
has increased by 15% - more than 3 times the increase in pharmacy
SOURCE ONTARIO'S COMMUNITY PHARMACIES
For further information: For further information: Ontario's Community Pharmacies Coalition Media Hotline, (416) 226-9100 x202