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Closing the Gap - PBS Co-Payment Measure
What it doesThis measure reduces or removes the patient co-payment for PBS medicines for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients living with, or at risk of chronic disease.
Patients access the more affordable PBS medicines by attending a registered general practice or a registered non-remote (urban or rural) Indigenous Health Service. Hospitals are excluded from participating in the PBS Co-payment Measure.
NB: This is available in urban and rural areas, but not remote areas.
The PBS measure is one of 14 measures in the Closing the Gap – Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. It began on 1 July 2010.
What it achievesThe measure aims to reduce the cost of PBS medicines for Indigenous Australians and assist in the prevention and management of chronic disease in the Primary Health Care setting.
Want more info?Call the PBS Co-payment Measure hotline : (02) 6289 2409
or Go to PBS Co-payment Measure website