Co-pay concerns multiply

The controversial optional PBS co-payment discount may need to overcome legal and financial obstacles before it is offered to nursing home patients.

Industry sources have told Pharmacy News that a number of pharmacies may have a clause in their contracts with aged care homes that stipulate the supply of PBS medicines must be at the nominated amount (currently $6.10).

This would rule out any possibility of these pharmacies offering the co-pay discount to these facilities and their patients until the end of their current contract.

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