Reflecting on 2017, working towards the future
AbstractIn many ways the practice of pharmacy and the outlook on the future have stayed the same. The pricing structure and single exit price (SEP) remains and medical aid providers still determine at what rate private pharmacy is remunerated for services and medicine; funding of vacant positions in national and provincial departments of health remains a factor hampering effective pharmaceutical services in state; and “Fees must fall’ remains as a dark cloud over academia. ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’, but even though the forward movement was slow, much effort and time has gone into the viability of pharmacy, the promotion of the profession and positioning of the pharmacist in a key role in the health system of South Africa and universal access to healthcare.
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