More details released on pharmacy prescribing pilot

Following AMA Queensland advocacy, Queensland Health has released more information about its pharmacy prescribing pilot that starts this month.

Queensland Health has updated its website to include details of how much the patient consultations and medications will cost.

A brief consultation with a pharmacist of less than 10 minutes will cost patients $18.85, a standard consultation of between 10 and 20 minutes will cost $35.45 and a long consultation of more than 20 minutes will cost $68.10.

Medications prescribed as part of the pilot will be charged as a private prescription. They are not subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and do not count towards the PBS Safety Net.

Patients are also responsible for covering the costs of any items used during the consultation or as part of ongoing care, for example bandages and other retail items, and for any necessary tests or diagnostic services.

The consultations are not covered by Medicare.

The pilot will be evaluated by Deloitte in partnership with Griffith University.

Read more on the Queensland Health website.

Visit the Pharmacy Prescribing campaign page

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