Ramsay Health Care joins pharmacy break-up lobby

 In Australia, NewZealand, Pharmacy
Supermarket giants could find a new ally for their push to break open the lucrative pharmacy industry in private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care, which wants rules that limit ownership of retail chemists scrapped.
The $12 billion private hospital operator has set itself on a collision course with the powerful pharmacists’ lobby by welcoming draft recommendations made in September by the competition policy review. The review, which is being led by Professor Ian Harper, ­recommended removing long-standing ownership and location rules.
Ramsay has backed the recommendations to open up the sector to greater competition and called for a fresh review of the pharmacy sector by "a respected, neutral umpire like the ­Productivity Commission". "Our ability to operate retail pharmacies in our ­hospitals has been held back by Commonwealth, state and territory legislation," Ramsay said in its submission.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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