Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Data

Page last updated: 19 December 2016

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is a system of subsidising the cost of most prescription medicines. Under the PBS, the Government subsidises the cost of medicine for most medical conditions. The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits lists all the medicinal products available under the PBS, and explains the uses for which they can be subsidised.

PBS data summarised by PHN and SA3

The figures in the downloadable reports below relate to the value (benefit) or volume of PBS/RPBS prescriptions that have been processed by the Department of Human Services. They refer to services processed from claims presented by approved suppliers, including both prescriptions attracting a Government benefit and under co-payment prescriptions. Under co-payment prescriptions have been collected from 1 April 2012.

The reports contain summarised information at the PHN and SA3 level of the number of prescriptions, benefit and patient contributions for all prescriptions supplied by approved suppliers, including community pharmacies and approved hospital pharmacies.

The following reports contain summarised information at both the PHN and SA3 level of the number of prescriptions, benefit and patient contributions for all prescriptions supplied by approved suppliers, including community pharmacies and approved hospital pharmacies. Online Section 100 programs such as Highly Specialised Drugs and Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy have also been included. Complete HSD information is only available from 1 January 2014 (prior to 1 January 2014 only partial HSD scripts were claimed online).

For drugs listed in the ATC Level 2 Summary Sheet please refer to the Item Map. Previous financial year data has been updated with the latest available data, including some late adjustment to claims.