Bureaucrats criticised over denial of PBS co-pay harms

Claims by a Department of Health official that there is “no evidence” a co-payment will reduce medicine compliance has been compared to a belief in a flat earth.

Health Department acting deputy secretary Richard Bartlett told the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs that the data available to ascertain whether the additional cost of a co-payment would have a negative impact on medicine compliance was incomplete, anecdotal or unpublished.

The committee met in Canberra yesterday to conduct further inquiries into co-payment increases under the