Dispensing Fee Cap Annoucement
When the Provincial Government introduced their 2017-18 budget in April, the Minister of Finance said in his speech that dispensing fees would be addressed. Today the details on that policy were announced by the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living. You can find the changes summarized here. The government also issued a news release on the issue here. There is a cap on fees, but also cuts to support for compliance packaging and the preparation of medication.
Pharmacists Manitoba is concerned about what these changes will mean for pharmacists and their patients, particularly high risk patients and those living in rural areas of Manitoba.To have these changes arrive without any meaningful consultation is of even greater concern. We have shared this concern with the media – see our news release here. We continue to work to engage in a meaningful fashion with the provincial government and share your concerns about how these changes might impact the practice of pharmacy in Manitoba. We will be in touch with you as we go forward regarding how you can help these efforts.
On October 27, 2016 / News
On Tuesday, October 25th Pharmacists Manitoba held Pharmacists Manitoba Day at the Manitoba Legislative Building to recognize the work pharmacists do throughout the province. Pharmacists were on-site demonstrating comprehensive medication reviews, point of care testing, and assessments and prescribing for minor ailments.
We connected with Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health and almost every MLA at the legislature. The feedback from MLAs and staff was positive, 48% of whom were not aware of the variety of professional pharmacy services offered, learned about innovative pharmacy services and 100% responded that their community would benefit from pharmacy services.
The ability to improve access points for care through the expanded scopes of pharmacist services was well received and the message that pharmacists can offer better health, better care and with better value will hopefully enable better utilization of their full scope of practice was underscored throughout the day.
NDP MLA Matt Wiebe expressed his thoughts on pharmacists stating “Pharmacists can take much of the pressure off of physicians and other areas of the health-care system. In order for them to continue their work, we must provide the critical public funds to support them.”
We would like to thank all the pharmacists who participated in Pharmacists Manitoba Day. We couldn’t have done this without all the support and help from our members, stakeholders and board members. To view photos of Pharmacists Manitoba day please click here.