Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Reform – software support

As more pharmacies process prescriptions through online links to Medicare, new Government funding will ensure that pharmacy software vendors are able to manage the increased demand for access to PBS Online via their dispensing software.

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Why is this important?

  • To ensure that pharmacy software vendors are able to manage the increased demand for access to PBS Online via their dispensing software, Government assistance will be made available in the form of installation and support payments.
  • PBS Online provides community pharmacies a real-time interface with Medicare Australia and enables pharmacies to process PBS scripts with greater certainty, providing streamlined online claiming and claim verification.
  • As part of the PBS Reform package, the Government is providing new incentives to pharmacies to process prescriptions via PBS Online. These incentives will encourage an accelerated uptake of PBS Online by pharmacies, thereby creating increased demand for software vendors to install and support PBS Online.

Who will benefit?

  • Software vendors will have financial support to meet increased demand for their services. Installation of PBS Online from 16 November 2006 is attracting an incentive payment of up to $2,000. Monthly support payments of up to $200 will be available for two years from the date of installation.
  • Consumers can be assured that they will receive the benefits they are entitled to when filling their PBS prescriptions.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government will provide new funding of $17.9 million to fund installation and support for PBS Online in pharmacy.

What have we done in the past?

  • In the 2003-04 Budget, the Government provided support for software vendors to amend dispensing software to assist pharmacies to adopt PBS Online which terminated in November 2006.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • The installation payment will be available until 30 June 2011, with support payments continuing for two years following each installation.

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