Daniel Andrews has promised voters revolutionised access to health care as part of an ambitious plan just days before the Victorian election.
The Premier made the announcement on Wednesday morning alongside Health Minister Mary Anne Thomas at St Alban’s in Melbourne’s west.
The $19m, 12-month pilot scheme will expand the role of community pharmacists to treat issues such as urinary tract infections from mid-next year.
Pharmacists would be paid $20 per consultation, but patients would not have to shell out any more than the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme co-payment for any medication needed.
Mr Andrews said the pilot was an efficient way to free up GP services and further use pharmacists across the state.
“When you wake up feeling sick, or you run out of your prescription medication, it doesn’t do you any good if you can’t get in to see your GP for more than a week,” he said.
“Community pharmacists have a wealth of knowledge and experience – it just makes sense to expand their role.
“It’ll ensure Victorians can get the timely care they need while saving families money and taking the pressure off GPs.”
The government also announced a plan to entice junior doctors into general practice.
Mr Andrews said, if re-elected, Labor would spend $32m offering financial incentives for doctors who enrol in the GP training program over two years.
This would include a $30,000 top-up payment for first-year trainees and $10,000 per trainee on the costs of their exams in their first year.
The announcement came as Opposition leader Matthew Guy promised to bring forward $2 flat fares by six months on public transport to January 1.
The daily flat fare cap will mean public transport users touch on with a single daily charge against their Myki travel for the rest of the day for no further cost.
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