National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2007

Health and Ageing 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
National Health Act 1953
  to change the pricing arrangements for drugs after they are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, by classifying drugs into formularies and specifying new pricing rules and supply requirements for drugs that have multiple brands and for single brand combination items. Also includes provisions for drugs requiring special pricing arrangements and makes minor, technical and consequential amendments. 

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House of Representatives
24 May 2007Introduced and read a first time
24 May 2007Second reading moved
31 May 2007Second reading agreed to
31 May 2007Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 39 Government agreed to
31 May 2007Third reading agreed to
12 Jun 2007Introduced and read a first time
12 Jun 2007Second reading moved
20 Jun 2007Second reading agreed to
20 Jun 2007Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 9 Government and 1 Opposition agreed to
20 Jun 2007Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
21 Jun 2007Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments nos. 1, 2 and 4 to 10, disagreed to Senate amendment no. 3 and made an amendment in its place
21 Jun 2007Consideration of House of Reps message

Details: Senate agreed to House amendment

28 Jun 2007Assent

Act no.: 111

Year: 2007

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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Schedules of amendments

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