The current remuneration model does not reflect the changes pharmacists’ work has undergone in the last decades.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services acknowledged in 2017 that the current model is no longer aligned with the modern realities of community pharmacy and needs to be reviewed, having remained unchanged since 1972.
Potential for development
Nowadays, a pharmacist plays a significant role in the healthcare system, particularly in regions where there is a limited access to medical services. The evolution of a pharmacist’s practice has led to a transition from prescription drug dispenser to healthcare professional providing more clinical activities. Thanks to the skills of pharmacists and Quebec’s community pharmacy network 2,000 access points, it is quite clear that pharmacists can do even more to help unburden the healthcare system. However, the current remuneration model curtails the growth of the profession and clearly deprives patients of useful services.
For a better access to front-line care
By basing fees on the complexity and intensity of the services being provided rather than just on distribution, pharmacists would be given the means to help their patients even more.
We are also drawing the government’s attention to the fact that deductibles and co-payments paid by patients for clinical activities provided at a pharmacy are a hindrance; these same activities are free of charge when provided elsewhere in the healthcare system. This practice has a direct impact on patients’ access to front-line care.