News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Guild sees potential for community pharmacy in health budget

MEDIA RELEASE

15 May 2014

Guild sees potential for community pharmacy in health budget

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) can see potential for community pharmacy with the funding the Government has allocated to the health sector in the announcement of the 2014 budget today.

Health Minister, Tony Ryall said “Budget 2014 is making available $1.8 billion for health over four years for new initiatives and to meet cost pressures and population growth.

“District Health Boards will have about $320 million available next year for extra services and to help meet cost pressures and population changes.”

The Guild is hopeful that community pharmacy, as the health professional people see most often, will be considered in these new initiatives and as a provider of new services to help improve the health and wellbeing of New Zealand’s communities.

Guild Chief Executive, Lee Hohaia says “There are some positive outcomes from the budget announcement today that will hopefully have a positive effect on community pharmacy and our patients.

“The $90 million investment in free doctor visits and prescriptions for children under 13 is a big win for communities. We welcome this initiative as it will be of significant help to families struggling to cover medical costs and pay co-payments for their children’s medicines.

The Guild has always supported the targeting of co-payments, and is pleased to see this being applied to children under 13. We would welcome further extension of this targeting to other at risk groups such as the elderly and high deprivation communities.

“We are pleased that additional funding is being provided to support rural general practices. We trust that there will be funding to support rural community pharmacy to enable the full benefit of the additional general practice funding to be realised.

“The $20 million increase in funding for the rheumatic fever prevention programme is a potential highlight for community pharmacy. Community pharmacy is ideally placed to support the identification and management of at-risk groups and the Guild would strongly advocate for community pharmacy to receive additional funding to provide accessible services to high risk communities.

“Pharmacists are also ideally placed to provide medicines adherence support to the elderly with dementia and we hope with increased funding we will be able to work with the funder to provide this support.

“The value of pharmacy has also been acknowledged, with pharmacy being one of four science- based subjects chosen to receive extra funds from the tertiary education budget.

“We understand that the contribution to cost pressure passed on to the DHBs and to community pharmacy services is low. We will continue to advocate for fair funding to ensure the sustainability of community pharmacy as an important and accessible health care service in the community.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news