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:: Changes to the Safety Net

PBS Safet Net ChangesWhat is the PBS Safety Net?

If you or your family need a lot of medicine in a calendar year, the PBS Safety Net helps you with the cost of your medicine. Once you or your family reach a Safety Net threshold, you can apply for a PBS Safety Net card––your PBS medicine will be less expensive or free* for the rest of the calendar year.

What is the PBS?

The PBS Schedule lists all of the medicines available to be dispensed to patients at a Government-subsidised price. The Schedule is part of the wider Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme managed by the Department of Health and Ageing and administered by Medicare Australia.

This schedule is now online and updated on a monthly basis. This online searchable version contains:

  • All of the drugs listed on the PBS
  • Information on the conditions of use for the prescribing of PBS medicines
  • Detailed consumer information for medicines that have been prescribed by your doctor or dentist;

The PBS has been in existence since 1948 and is governed by the National Health Act 1953 (Commonwealth).

How much will I pay for my PBS medicine fromSave money with the PBS Safety Net 1 January 2012?

  • General patients up to $35.40*
  • Concession card holders $5.80*
  • DVA $5.80*
  • If you have a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) White Card for specific conditions and your medication is for those conditions you will pay $5.80, otherwise you pay the general amount.

*If you choose a more expensive brand of medicine, or if your doctor prescribes one, the extra amount you pay won’t count towards your PBS Safety Net.

What do I need to do?

You need to keep a record of your PBS medicine on a Prescription Record Form (PRF).  Each time you have a PBS medicine supplied, your pharmacist will record it on your form. Your pharmacy might be able to keep a record for you on their computer. If you have a family, ask your pharmacist about combining the amounts you spend for your Safety Net total.

PBS Safety Net thresholds from 1 January 2012

PBS Safety Net threshold PBS Safety Net contribution

  • General patients $1363.30* $5.80*
  • Concession card holders $348.00* Free*

*If you choose a more expensive brand of medicine, or if your doctor prescribes one, the extra amount you pay won’t count towards your PBS Safety Net.

What happens once I reach the Safety Net threshold?What do I need to do for the PBS Safety Net?

When you are close to reaching the Safety Net threshold, ask your pharmacist about how you can apply for a Safety Net card. Once you have reached your relevant threshold and your pharmacist has issued your Safety Net card, medicine will be less expensive or free* for the rest of the calendar year.

*If you choose a more expensive brand of medicine, or if your doctor prescribes one, the extra amount you pay won’t count towards your PBS Safety Net.

Changes affecting same sex partners

Changes affecting same sex couplesIn the past, same sex couples could not access the Medicare or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Safety Nets as a family.

  • Amendments to the Health Insurance Act 1973 will allow same sex partners and their dependent children to register as a family for the purposes of the Medicare Safety Nets.
  • Amendments to the National Health Act 1953 will allow same sex partners and their dependent children to access the PBS Safety Net as a family.

This change to the Medicare and PBS safety nets commenced on 1 January 2012

Other changes

  • Couples living separately due to illness, infirmity or frailty (eg. for nursing care or in a residential or aged care facility) can access PBS Safety Net benefits jointly as a family in the same manner as if they were living together.
  • PBS Access — government officers working overseas
  • PBS medicines can now be supplied for eligible Commonwealth, state or territory government officers working overseas, and for their accompanying spouses and dependants. PBS medicines supplied for this purpose can be taken or sent out of Australia in quantities required for personal use.

What if I've received a non PBS prescription?

PBS Safety NetYour doctor might give you a prescription for a medicine that isn’t available on the PBS, or isn’t available on the PBS for your specific condition––sometimes called a ‘private prescription’. Your doctor will indicate this on your prescription and you will need to pay the full price for the medicine at the pharmacy. The cost of these prescriptions does not count towards your PBS Safety Net.

Early supply of medicine under the Safety Net 20 day rule

If you get a PBS medicine within 20 days of a previous supply of the same medicine, the cost may not count towards your Safety Net threshold. Even if you have already reached the Safety Net you may have to pay your pre-safety net amount.

Who is eligible for the PBS?

  • all Australian residents
  • people from Italy, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Finland, Norway, Malta, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Australia has reciprocal health care agreements with these countries).

For more information on these changes speak to your pharmacist or:
• Visit the Department of Health and Ageing website www.health.gov.au/pbs
• Visit the Medicate Australia website at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
• Call the PBS Information Line on 1800 020 613 (free call within Australia)

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