AMA submission to National Competition Policy Analysis

The AMA welcomes the Productivity Commission’s study of national competition policy. Australia has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world, however as the Productivity Commission points out there are improvements to be made. The AMA’s submission will focus on reforms that could improve access to medications while reducing costs to consumers and governments. The AMA recommends the areas the study explores are community pharmacy ownership and location rules, discounting of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines, and the community pharmacy agreement.