PBS hike put on ice

Medicines on the PBS were to increase by $5 for general patients and 80 cents for concession card holders from 1 January.

The reform was projected to save $1.3 billion over four years.

“It is clear that the Labor Party will not support what is a sensible measure in the Senate and it remains the government’s policy to implement this change,” Mr Dutton said on the final day of parliament yesterday.

Mr Dutton said he hoped to speak with independent senators