06 January, 2016

New laws allow pharmacists to discount prescriptions

Pharmacists are now able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the first time as a result of new laws that came into effect on January 1.
Minister for Health Sussan Ley said consumers can now access discounts of up to $1 on every PBS-subsidised script they purchased throughout the year – potentially saving patients upwards of $70 annually.
Ms Ley said pensioners and other concession card holders would particularly benefit, given 80 per cent of PBS scripts were concessional, and would see their co-payment potentially fall from $6.20 to $5.20.
“When it comes to prescription medicines, every dollar counts,” Ms Ley said.
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