VANCOUVER, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbia's approach to managing
spending on immunizations must be changed to allow government to better
manage costs, according to recommendations offered by the BC Pharmacy
Association (BCPhA) in its submission to the Select Standing Committee
on Finance and Government Services Budget 2014 Consultations.
A new approach would see immunization-related spending assigned to one
area of the health care budget. Currently this spending is managed in
different silos based on health providers, with funding divided among
health authorities, pharmacists, physicians, pediatricians, licensed
practical nurses and other providers. The BCPhA believes eliminating
these silos would allow government to better track immunizations
administered by each provider in relation to cost, and reduce spending
by directing patients to health providers with the highest immunization
rates and lowest cost.
"Breaking the funding silos for services like immunizations is one way
government can immediately accomplish its goal of providing British
Columbians with alternative service delivery models that offer better
programs at less cost," said Geraldine Vance, CEO of the BCPhA. "As the
lowest cost provider of immunizations, pharmacists believe integrating
funding for this service will enable the Province to manage spending
more effectively, which will ultimately benefit patients."
With flu season just around the corner, improving patient access to
immunizations and managing costs is an important consideration for the
BC government. During the 2012-13 flu season, BC pharmacists delivered
around 200,000 publicly funded immunizations and are expected to
provide even more flu vaccines this year.
The BCPhA's submission to the provincial Budget 2014 consultation also
calls on the BC government to invest in pharmacy based care to manage
drug costs, sustain rural pharmacy services, broaden pharmacy based
care to achieve cost avoidance and improve health outcomes, and invest
in primary care.
The submission is available at www.bcpharmacy.ca/submission-budget2014-public
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association is a not-for-profit
professional association that represents almost 2,800 pharmacists and
more than 800 pharmacies throughout British Columbia.
SOURCE: British Columbia Pharmacy Association
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