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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Australia government program providing subsidised prescription drugs

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The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is a program of the Australian Government that provides subsidised prescription drugs to residents of Australia, as well as certain foreign visitors covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement. The PBS seeks to ensure that Australian residents have affordable and reliable access to a wide range of necessary medicines. The PBS has faced increased scrutiny as its cost has increased. The scheme assumes responsibility for the cost of drugs to patients in the community setting rather than while in hospital which is the responsibility of each state and territory. Together with Medicare the PBS is a key component of health care in Australia.

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Half a million Australians to have access to cheaper lung cancer, leukaemia drugs

More than 500,000 Australians will have access to cheaper medicines under new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
SBS - Published

Prices slashed for cancer, leukaemia drugs

More than 500,000 Australians will have access to cheaper medicines under new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
SBS - Published

Fast-acting insulin now available on PBS

Adults with diabetes will now have greater access to Fiasp, a fast-acting mealtime insulin, thanks to its listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
SBS - Published

Two-week PBS campaign cost taxpayers $5.6m

The government has spent $5.6 million for a campaign to promote the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which will only run for a little over two weeks.
SBS - Published

Cancer, Parkinson's drugs added to PBS

The federal government will spend $19 million on listing cancer, Parkinson's and motor neurone drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
SBS - Published
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