I would suggest most pharmacies dip into their pockets to cover prescription charges for the needy. For us its about $5000 per year. I know of individual hospital pharmacists who have asked pharmacies to bill them personally for frequent flyers where they have determined that prescription costs were the reason.
When they reviewed the copayment they reduced the price by two thirds from $15 to $5 for the well off and kept it at $5 for the poor . It disproportionately affected the poor, the elderly and those unable to work due to ill health. It wasn’t equitable then and it isn’t equitable now. Its hard to reconcile the rhetoric of the DHB’s, MOH and government around equity with the reality we see day to day in our pharmacies.
Its time to make the system more equitable
Roberts Ngaruawahia Pharmacy
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