Second Reading Speeches

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2012

Type
Government
Portfolio
Health and Ageing
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the

National Health Act 1953
to: provide for prices for medicines supplied under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to be expressed uniformly across different programs based on one ex-manufacturer price for all brands of a pharmaceutical item; provide for this uniform price to be used to set prices for different quantities of a pharmaceutical item and to calculate price changes, patient charges and price disclosure reductions; and make technical amendments in relation to listing PBS medicines for supply only through PBS prescriber bags.