Alberta Health Changes

2012 February -

Alberta's Health Minister, Hon. Fred Horne, has announced some changes to make health care more accessible for Albertans.

Effective July 1, 2012, three changes will take place:

  1. Since 2007, Alberta Pharmacists have had the authority to renew prescriptions but as of July 1, 2012 they will be reimbursed by the Government of Alberta for this service. The Pharmacist will earn $20 for each prescription they renew. All Alberta Pharmacists are required to follow a strict Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics and will continue to work with other healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible care for the patient. The government is implementing these initiatives in an effort to free up Alberta Physicians, particularly for those with complex health requirements and to reduce waitlists to be seen.
  2. Expanding the number of pharmacies in our province to ensure convenient, easier access to getting your prescriptions renewed. A grant for remote pharmacies will be available for those locations that meet eligibility requirements, such as size of the community and distance to the closest pharmacy. The Government has earmarked $15.9 million over three years.
  3. The Government is reducing the price for generic drugs. These reduced prices will apply to both public and private payers.

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