How we helped
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand engaged Castalia to identify opportunities for pharmacists and DHBs to work together. To show how pharmacists could help DHBs reduce costs, we assessed opportunities for better utilization of their skills, and identified different models of compensation to realize those opportunities. This included taking advantage of pharmacists having the right to prescribe some medicines, and we outlined the framework and funding mechanism to reduce the burden on the health system from relying on doctors to deal with minor prescriptions. We looked at different types of non-dispensing services that could be provided, listed benefits of providing those services, and identified different ways pharmacy services could be funded. Finally, we provided an overview of the Heads of Agreement for an enhanced arrangement.