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 November 25, 2016 / News
The Manitoba government is undertaking consultations to seek ideas and input from the public on improvements that will ensure the long-term sustainability of Manitoba’s health-care system, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. We can't stress enough the importance for pharmacists' input to be heard.
“Right now, the costs of the health-care system are not sustainable and we want to hear from Manitobans about what we can do better,” said Goertzen. “We are asking Manitobans for their ideas on how we can make the right choices to be more efficient, implement cost-effective new ideas and ensure quality care is available for many years to come.”
The Manitoba government is working with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation to develop and administer surveys seeking public and health-care provider feedback as part of the Health Care Sustainability and Innovation Review.
The review is assessing spending against three criteria:
• economy (are activities implemented at a reasonable cost including the consideration of quality, per capita costs and unit costs for service delivery);
• efficiency (are the results appropriate when the investments are considered); and
• effectiveness (do actual outcomes meet the expected outcomes).
The survey feedback will be used to inform the recommendations of the review, the minister said, adding an initial report is expected by the end of January 2017. To take the survey, visit www.gov.mb.ca./health/haveyoursay. For more information please click here.