Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, or PBS, is designed to offer safe and affordable medicines to all people across Australia. Under the scheme, the government subsidizes the expense of drugs for a range of diseases. The scheme is a part of the National Medicine Policy by the Australian government.

As the cost of some prescription medicines is extremely high, PBS can help lower these costs and make them more affordable. The scheme was launched in 1948 as a restricted scheme, with free medicines for retirees. PBS comprised of nearly 139 lifesaving & disease-preventing treatments to be offered free of cost to others in the community.

• List of all subsidized medicines from A-Z.

• How to use medicines.

• Information related to consumers.

• Cost of medicine.

Who is qualified for PBS?

PBS medicines are available for the following sections of people:

• All citizens of Australia & concession cardholders who have a current Medicare card.

• Visitors from overseas nations with which Australia is having a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA).

• Veterans, war widows and widowers, including dependents who are qualified under the RPBS (Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme)

How can an individual get PBS medicines?

To collect PBS medicines, a person needs to show Medicare card while filling the prescription.


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