THE HON MARK BUTLER MP
Minister For Health and Aged Care
SENATOR ANNE URQUHART
Senator for Tasmania
Chief Government Whip in The Senate
CHEAPER MEDICINES FOR BRADDON
From January 1, millions of Australians will pay up to 29 per cent less for their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriptions, with the maximum PBS co-payment dropping from $42.50 to $30.
For the first time in the 75-year history of the PBS, the co-payment for general scripts has fallen.
In Braddon more than 62,600 patients will now be able to fill their prescriptions at a cheaper price.
This means that someone taking one medication a month could save as much as $150 every year, or a family with two or three medications a month could save as much as $300-$450 a year.
The Albanese Government has delivered on our key election promise to make medicines cheaper for Australians.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“Pharmacists have told me stories of their customers coming in with a handful of prescriptions asking for advice about which script they can go without, because they can't afford to fill them all.
“Our cheaper medicines policy will make that choice redundant for millions of Australians.”
Quotes attributable to Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania:
“I know that cheaper medicines will make a real difference to ease the cost-of-living pressures in our community.
“The Albanese Government has delivered on our commitment to cut the cost of medications for millions of Australians.”
Sat, 31 December 2022
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