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Prescriptions in Australia Unlike the UK when a doctor writes a prescription each medication has to be wrote on its own script. You will be responsible for making a copayment for each of the medications up to the limit of $38.80. If you have a concession card the maximum you will pay is $6.30. If a medication is higher than the $38.80 the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) will pay the gap providing it is on their list. A list of all the medications on the PBS can be found here http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/medicine-listing One thing to be aware of is that even if your medicine is listed on the PBS they may only be subsidised for certain conditions. For example a drug may treat multiple conditions but it may only be available on the PBS if you have a specific one. Although the cost of a prescription available on the PBS says up-to $38.80 they are often a lot cheaper than this especially if you request a generic brand. Chemist Warehouse is probably the cheapest place to get a script filled. If you have a look at this link you will hopefully be able to find the drug you will need and the cost involved https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/prescriptions For example, let's look up Pariet 20mg x 30 tablets. The price you would pay is $12.99 If you purchased the generic brand it would cost $6.50 Safety Net If you and your family spend over $1,494.90 combined you will be eligible for a PBS Safety Net. If you are on a concession card this figure is $378. So before when a script could cost you up to $38.80 your new safety net card will reduce this amount up to $6.30 for the remainder of the year. To make sure you keep a record of how much you spend I would recommend using the same chemist or ask for a card which each pharmacy will complete when you get your medication. The safety net Year runs from the 1st January and resets each year. Private Prescriptions Some medications are not on the PBS list. Your doctor still may want you to take them but remember you will be paying the full cost. My specialist recently completed a special access scheme under category A for me to be able to access a specific drug that isn't available in Australia. In this situation I can only get this drug from the hospital pharmacy and I have to pay the private cost of $112 each month. Remember you can bring certain medications with you when you move over to Australia as long as it is for personal use and no more than 3 months supply. I recommend ladies stock up on birth control pills because they are not free here.
Ozmaniac posted a topic in HealthSome info about prescriptions that I've never seen anywhere else on the forum. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has a Safety Net but unless you always go to the same pharmacy, you MUST keep track of your expenditure towards it yourself. At the beginning of each year, ask any pharmacy for a Safety Net card for the current calendar year and EVERY time you or anyone else on your Medicare card has a prescription filled, stick the sticker you should get with the prescription (you may sometimes need to ask for it) into the card. When your family expenditure for PBS prescriptions gets to the Safety Net threshold, the cost per prescription drops dramatically for the remainder of the calendar year. If you always go to the same pharmacy, they will almost certainly keep track for you (ask to make sure) but get a card anyway in case you get stickers from any other pharmacy - you can then show the stickers to your usual one and they can add that to their records. My family usually hits the SN by about July each year and the savings are huge after that. Once you hit the SN, you get a Safety Net Concession card that can be used anywhere in Australia for prescriptions at the lower cost. The SN non-concession threshold for 2015 is $1453.90 (covers the whole family regardless of the number of members) and the cost per prescription drops from $37.70 down to only $6.10. I'm not sure if those amounts will change after the new legislation goes through both houses of parliament but the following link seems to indicate that it has already been taken into account. Health Care card holders have a lower threshold and when they reach the SN, the cost for a prescription drops to zero. http://www.pbs.gov.au/info/news/2014...et-information Medicare also has a Safety Net and they keep track of your out of pocket expenses automatically for individuals (they write to you when you approach it) but you have to register for it for a family; only once though - no registration needed for subsequent years.
Just want to share my happy story:) My mum has just been granted her CPV today YAY! she is 76 we've waited for this for 3 years, at long last it here we have been on a roller coaster in the 3 years my dad passed (who was originally coming with mum)and my daughter has had a baby!:biggrin::sad::jiggy: Just wanted to ask if anyone knows mums entitlement for her prescriptions will she get them for the cost that all Auzzie pensioners get it for even though she only gets uk pension? will she be entitled to commonwealth or senior. thought they would of given us more info about this stuff! :biggrin::yes: Thanks in advance peeps