PBS overhaul will ‘mainstream’ opioid dependence treatment, GPs say

But Dr Paul Grinzi says practical elements of the update may need tweaking.
Sarah Simpkins

Patients paying $150 a month for opioid dependence treatment will see their out-of-pocket costs slashed to $30 a month under major PBS changes, the RACGP says.

From July, medicines including methadone and buprenorphine will become part of the PBS’ Section 100 — Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Community Access) arrangements for the first time, after the Federal Government invested $380 million over four years.