Utilizing the Network of Pharmacists in an Improved Model
In Chicago, barbershops were used as a central hub to test the blood pressure of at-risk African American men, addressing a gap in their health care. Pharmacies and pharmacists are current primary health care hubs within the province of Saskatchewan. As a primary health care source, sometimes the only one, pharmacies and pharmacists have a network across the province that:
- exist in over 400 pharmacies across Saskatchewan
- could lead to improved health system efficiency
- have better patient access, especially in rural and remote areas
- opioid management
Working and Funding Models
If a farmer was changing his crop from wheat to potatoes, he would sell his combine and buy new harvest equipment. The current funding model was adequate then but today's pharmacists engage in vastly different service activities that cannot be fairly renumerated using a product dispensing model.
Today's pharmacists are clinical practitioners who consult, assess and provide services, not just a product. Changing the role and the scope of a pharmacist will only be sustainable if it's financially supported.
Without the financial infrastructure, the sustainability of community pharmacy is threatened.
What happens to the system if community pharmacies are gone?
Proper funding and use of a pharmacist will reduce costs in our health care system in several ways.
- reduce medication waste
- reduce pressures in emergency rooms
- improve patient access to care
- improve patient health