The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidises the cost of medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.
Concession Card Holders pay a much lower rate for medicines, and if they need more than 5 PBS medicines a month, medicines are free.
The cost of PBS listed medications is $6.50 for the first 60 in a year, then medications are free. This means the maximum spend on medications for a year is $390.
For non-concession card holders, the cost of medications is $40.30, up to a maximum of $1550.70, then medications are $5.50 each.
How to apply?
The easiest way to access the scheme is to talk to your pharmacist about keeping a record of your prescriptions.
You may also like to check if medications you are using are on the PBS list.