Chemist shops are the right place to get your medicines and receive medication advice, but they are the wrong place to get a blood test.
The AMCAL chemist chain is offering customers pathology tests at a cost of up to $220.
Ordering a test through a chemist shop rather than your local GP creates risks for patients including fragmentation of care, unnecessary duplication of tests, confusion about the interpretation of the results and increased out-of-pocket costs.
It may lead to incorrect, incomplete and unnecessary tests as well as wrong conclusions and false reassurance.
A pathology test should be recommended based on a medical assessment which may include your personal medical history, symptoms and a physical examination. Pharmacists do not have the diagnostic skills required to provide this kind of care safely.
AMCAL customers will be paying out-of pocket and are not eligible for a Medicare rebate. For example, a vitamin…
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