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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH, DR.A.J. FORBES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATED PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICE GUILD OF AUSTRALIA, SIR ERIC SCOTT.

CHEMISTS' DISPENSING FEES

Detailed study of the recently-completed survey of

pharmacy earnings, costs and profits will be necessary before negotiations can begin for a revision of the remuneration of chemists by the Commonwealth for dispensing Pharmaceutical

Benefits. Discussions necessary to this study may require

several months.

This was announced in a statement issued jointly today by the Minister for Health, Dr. Forbes, and the President of the

Federated Pharmaceutical Service Guild of Australia, Sir Eric

Scott. .

The statement followed a meeting in Sydney on May 8 of the Joint Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Service Guild Committee on

Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Arrangements = The Joint Committee commissioned a nation-wide survey by independent management con­ sultants to furnish the Commonwealth and the Guild with a detailed

analysis of pharmacy earnings, costs and profits as a ..basis for future negotiations on the question of chemists' dispensing fees. The Commonwealth and the Guild shared the costs of the survey equally.

Dr. Forbes and Sir Eric Scott said the independent con­

sultants submitted their report on March 13· It had since been studied by the Department of Health and the Guild, as well as a joint Commonwealth Guild Sub-Committee which oversighted the survey. They said the consultants' report, which comprised 115 pages and a supplement, contained a great deal of useful financial and statistical data which should facilitate future negotiations

between the Commonwealth and the Guild, but it was necessarily of a very complex character.

It was not possible, at this stage, to predict when the Guild would be in a position to submit its case to the Common­ wealth for a revised basis of payment. Meanwhile the Survey Sub­ committee would continue to function to deal with questions of interpretation and other aspects of common interest arising from

the completion of the report.

Canberra, May 8, 1968,

Dept. No. 27