12 things to know about the latest PBS annual report

Spending has increased 1.1% to $11.81 billion

There was little growth in government expenditure on PBS medicines in the last financial year, according to the latest PBS annual report.

Annual report

Here are 12 points from the 2018-19 annual report:

  • In total, the government spent $11.81 billion, an increase of 1.1% from the previous year.
  • There were 205.1 million PBS-subsidised scripts, a 0.5% increase on the 204.1 million scripts in 2017-18.
  • There were 5762 PBS-approved pharmacies, as of 30 June 2019, and nine dispensing doctors.
  • Pharmacies applied a $1 discount to 27% (54