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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s latest campaign to provide in-store health checks and home visits is an insult to the intelligence of most Australians, AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon has said.
“Most Australians are aware of where they should go for medical care and advice, and frankly, it is not in a shop that is trying to sell you a huge range of unproven treatments,” he said.
“To ensure that health care is not fragmented, all Australians should have a regular doctor who is aware of their medical wants and needs.
“General Practitioners ensure consistent and expert medical advice based on their years of training and their relationship with their patient,” Dr Gannon said.
Speaking on the pharmacy campaign to act as an intermediary between patient and doctor, Dr Gannon voiced his concerns that some people might be conned by this campaign.
“This will be used, unfortunately, as an opportunity for pharmacies to sell people products, many of which do not have any beneficial impact at all,” he said.
“This is all about boosting the income of pharmacy owners, and not improving the health of Australians.
“This campaign has the potential to be extremely dangerous, as patients receive the wrong diagnosis by the pharmacist, or are under the impression that it replaces seeing a health practitioner that is trained to make clinical judgements about a variety of treatments.
“We urge members of the public to visit their family GP with their health problems,” Dr Gannon said.