TORONTO, April 5, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the Government of Nova Scotia's budget announcement, Canada's community pharmacies expressed their eagerness to work collaboratively as industry, with pharmacists, and government to balance the need for health care savings with business stability and continuity of patient care offered by community pharmacies.
"We are encouraged by Nova Scotia's approach to partnering with community pharmacy and pharmacists to identify the best path forward. This budget pursues costs savings through a pricing strategy collaboratively designed and agreed to through the Council of the Federation. We are excited about Nova Scotia's leadership role at the Council of the Federation's Healthcare Innovation Working Group, and confident that the government of Premier Dexter, like that of Premier Ghiz and Premier Wall, acknowledge the important role that pharmacy and pharmacist play in the provision of care. Their commitment to working with our industry speaks to the complicated funding environment in which we operate and the need for funding stability. We look forward to being a full partner in designing how best to enhance patient care and identify responsible patient focused budget savings."
As part of the government's 2013 budget, Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald announced that the government will proceed with achieving cost savings through industry and government identified reduction of the reimbursed price of 6 generic drugs at 18% in the province.
"Community pharmacy and pharmacists will work with government to identify how best we can collaboratively mitigate potential impacts of this reduction and ensure the continuity of care and service our patients and customers expect" continued Carpenter.
Canada's community pharmacies have been working with various provincial governments, and officials through the Council of the Federation's Health Care Innovation Working Group. Community pharmacy continues to put forward ideas that drive savings in the hundreds of millions in the next 3 years and billions of dollars in savings over the long term.
Initiatives include helping pharmacists practice to their full scope and provide much needed patient care like helping Canadians manage chronic illness and get prescriptions for acute conditions; making better use of affordable generic medications; and leveraging the sophistication and security of Canadians pharmaceutical distribution model.
"The number one priority for Canada's community pharmacies continues to be enhancing the patient experience and protecting the accessibility and unmatched availability of pharmacy services in the urban, rural, and remote communities we serve. As health care leaders, we recognize governments' desire for transformation in the delivery of patient care. We look forward to working with the Government of Nova Scotia, and the Council of the Federation, to ensure that this transformation happens in a thoughtful, measured, and strategic way; one that protects patient choice and the patient experience" concluded Carpenter.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores
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