Xenophon attacks 'flawed' co-payment

Senator Nick Xenophon has condemned the $1 PBS co-payment as "flawed" and future co-payments as "damaging and unnecessary".

In a letter to pharmacists, addressed to the Pharmacy Guild, the South Australian independent says the $1 discount, introduced in January, misleads pensioners and concession card holders into thinking they're getting cheaper medicine when in reality they’re having their access to the safety net delayed.

This comes at the expense of their local pharmacy, he says, adding that it also breaches the universality of