Rolling in the dough

Opposition and crossbench senators passed the government’s PBS reform package yesterday despite serious misgivings about some measures, parliamentary paper shows.

The promise of cheaper medicines for consumers was the deciding factor in supporting the bill, various non-government senators said.

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale described the National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2015 as a “very difficult piece of legislation” due to its omnibus nature – packaging PBS reforms in with the 6CPA and other health budgetary changes – a move he suggested may have