The future of health care incorporates a triad of care — the patient, the provider and the pharmacist. All too often, someone is left out of that triad.

A frequent concern is when a pharmacist calls to question a provider regarding a prescription and receives no return communication. This causes a delay in patient care and a clear rift between providers and pharmacists.

When choosing a provider, ask that provider how important a pharmacist is in their view. Ask your provider if the pharmacist is necessary in your triad of care. Evidence shows the triad works best for overall health.

Jilleen Kirkland, St. George