PBS medicines co-payment increase on hold

Federal Government plans to increase the co-payment on PBS-listed medicines have been placed on hold until next year, following a lack of support in the Senate.

As reported by Pharmacy News, an increase to the co-payment on PBS-listed medicines was first announced in May’s Federal Budget, and raised concerns among pharmacy groups as to whether the move would place financial pressure on vulnerable patients.

However, the legislation has apparently failed to garner enough support to pass the Upper House, and has been

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