The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) helps cover the cost of a wide range ofprescription medicines, making them more affordable.
- Timely, reliable and affordable access to necessary medicines.
- Subsidised costs of medicine for most medical conditions.
The PBS is available to all Australian citizens with a Medicare card. The PBS is also offered at a reduced price for these card holders: Pensioner Concession Card; Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; Health Care Card; Department of Veterans' Affairs White, Gold, or Orange Card.
Under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) scheme, the PBS is also available to people from: United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Slovenia.
You can prove your eligibility for the PBS by showing your passport when filling a prescription at the chemist, or by applying for a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement Card by contacting the Commonwealth Government Department of Human Services.
How to access
- TTY users, call, then ask for 1800 888 333
- Speak and Listen users, call then ask for 1800 888 333
- Internet relay users, connect to the , then ask for 1800 888 333.
The Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) provides access toPBS and other agreed medications to veterans and eligible dependants at a. Contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to learn more. Call1800 552 580.
Once families or individuals meet a certain cost threshold during a calendar year (theSafety Net Threshold) they will receive medication at no charge for the rest of thecalendar year. See the current for families, individuals andconcession card holders on the PBS website.
You can discuss cheaper, generic brands of prescribed medication with yourpharmacist. These are still safe and meet quality standards but are more affordable.