The AMA’s national president has slammed a Terry White Chemmart/Bupa promotion as a “sneaky” way to introduce US-style health to Australia – a stance which has disappointed the Pharmacy Guild On Thursday, Dr Tony Bartone said the Health Benefit Package being promoted by TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies – in partnership with Bupa, one of Australia’s largest health insurers – is an attack on general practice which devalues quality primary health care in Australia. “The so-called health package is asking pharmacy customers to pay an annual subscription to receive health checks (BMI, blood pressure, blood glucose, and total cholesterol), flu vaccinations, pharmacist health consultations, and REWARDS points,” the AMA said in a statement on Thursday. Dr Bartone called this a “crass commercialisation of primary health care” and a “sneaky move to introduce US-style managed care to the Australian health system by stealth”. “The AMA and other responsible medical groups used the […]