2017 PBS Discount Details

Concession Patients (in 2017):

 

-Patient copayment of $6.30 per script

-2017 Safety Net Threshold at $6.30 per script, $378/$6.30 = 60 scripts within a calendar year

-Patient copayment with $1 discount = $5.30 per script

-2016 Safety Net Threshold at $5.30 per script (discount applied), $378/$5.30 = 72.69 scripts (rounding to 73 scripts)

-Therefore, if you normally reach your PBS Safety Net Threshold within 10 months (i.e. In October with 6 scripts per month), if will take you an additional 2 months to meet the threshold if each script were discounted (i.e. In December, before the end of the calendar year)

 

General Patients (in 2017):

 

-Patient copayment of $38.80 per script

- Each PBS script may contribute up to $38.80 onto a Safety Net prescription record form - the recorded value for each PBS medicine must not exceed the “maximum recorded value” as stated on the PBS schedule.

- 2017 Safety Net Threshold: $1,494.90

- Discount does not apply to any script under the PBS copayment where a medicine cost less than $38.80

- Therefore, if you normally pay for 3 scripts per month at the maximum copayment of $38.80 per script, the discount will reduce the contribution to your Safety Net prescription record form by $3 per month