The Ghana National Chamber of Pharmacy [GNCoP] has revealed plans to engage stakeholders to develop a service fee policy [consultation fees policy] for pharmacists in retail pharmacies.
According to the Chamber, the policy will take effect from April 30, 2022, after engagement with the relevant stakeholders. The fees will include counselling, dispensing and other relevant fees.
”GNCoP shall engage with relevant stakeholders to develop a service fee policy for pharmacists in retail pharmacies to take effect from 30th of April 2022. The fee shall include counselling, dispensing and other relevant fees.”
”In due time we shall require pharmacists in retail pharmacies to provide proof of professional liability insurance for the services they render on behalf of member companies as well as proof of their tax obligations to the state as professionals,” GNCoP stated.
GNCoP disclosed this in a press statement issued on March 23, 2022, by its National Executive Council to deliberate on issues that are of national importance and matters confronting the businesses of its members.
The chamber further added that it will engage with the Ministry of Health to finalize and implement the policy as well as seeing to the passage of the policy into law.
”GNCop will collaborate with Ministry of Health and other stakeholders for the finalization and implementation of the policy, organizing sensitization workshops on the policy and advocating for the passage of the policy into law.”
It also said, “GNCop has observed with concern the proliferation of various tender document and fees that have made going business with public institutions cumbersome and expensive. It was therefore decided that standard tender documents and charges must be discussed, so that agreed common forms and fees are used’’.