On August 27, 2019 / News
We wanted to let you know about an exciting announcement that was made on August 25th by the PC Party of Manitoba as part of their 2019 provincial election campaign.
The PCs have pledged that, if re-elected, they will begin paying pharmacists to prescribe medication for uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). This is a clear commitment by the incumbent government to delivering better health care outcomes, alleviate waiting room times and congestion, and saving taxpayer dollars – and is a direct result of the ongoing government relations work we have been undertaking for the past several months.
UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections women face, with studies suggesting 50% of women will experience a UTI by the age of 32. As you all know, most uncomplicated UTIs can be successfully managed with antibiotic treatment. However, until now, one of the biggest problems facing people who suffer with a UTI has been access to and timeliness of care.
We have been telling the government for years that offering pharmacists a larger role in the healthcare system is sure to improve our province’s healthcare outcomes and that Manitobans support compensating pharmacists to provide services they want and need. We are absolutely thrilled that the PC Party has taken this significant step toward improving patient care.
Further details about this policy announcement will be available in the coming weeks, and we will keep you posted as we learn more information. In the meantime, please feel free to continue advocating for improved pharmacy services to any of the candidates in your riding.
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