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Open letter from 265 Australian economists: don’t sacrifice health for ‘the economy’

Leading Australian economists in four countries have signed an open letter calling on the national cabinet to think carefully before easing restrictions 'for the sake of 'the economy'.
The current rules seek to ensure most Australians have access to a pharmacy staffed by a highly skilled professional with a pharmacy degree. Shutterstock

Relaxing pharmacy ownership rules could result in more chemist chains and poorer care

Only pharmacists can own a pharmacy and you can't set one up within 1.5km of an existing one. But calls to loosen these rules could give health companies a green light to set up more chemist chains.

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