Australia has some of the highest rates of asthma in the world.

With 2.7 million – that’s one in ten – Australians suffering from the condition.

In 2013

Australia is the 2nd most expensive OECD country for out-of-pocket health expenses

OECD data shows that out-of-pocket health spending in Australia for 2013 – 2018 is second only to the United States, above Canada, the UK and New Zealand .

Private health insurance premiums – as well as general out-of-pocket costs – have been increasing well above CPI and wage rates for the last two decades. About 100,000 fewer Australians have private hospital cover today than a year ago.

But pharmacists can help asthma sufferers in Australia.

By increasing their access to essential medication – like preventers – if they were able to practice at their full scope.

This would improve health outcomes whilst saving asthma sufferers – and governments – time and money.