Hospital Authorities

How to apply to become a supplier for Hospital Authorities

Page last updated: 06 December 2018

Public hospital (participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)
Public hospital (not participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)
Non-dispensing public hospital
Private hospital
Applying for hospital approval
Change of bank account details
Authority for authorised person(s) to sign forms
Claiming for PBS medicines
Contact us

Public hospital (participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)

A public hospital that has been declared a public hospital under subsection 121-5 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 and is participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements under the National Health Care Agreement can apply for approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits or highly specialised drugs to patients receiving treatment in or at the hospital to:
  1. access PBS subsidised medicines, chemotherapy drugs under section 94 of the National Health Act 1953
  2. access highly specialised drugs under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953

Public hospital (not participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)

A public hospital authority that is not participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements can apply for approval to access highly specialised drugs for patients receiving treatment in or at the hospital under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953 .

Non-dispensing public hospital

An approval granted under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953 to a hospital authority, in respect of a particular public hospital, enables a public hospital authority that does not have a dispensary or pharmacy at the hospital to claim for the supply of highly specialised drugs. The highly specialised drugs may be supplied to patients receiving treatment in or at the public hospital, where supply of those drugs is undertaken by a third party such as a community pharmacy, friendly society or agent.

Private hospital

A private hospital that has been declared a private hospital under subsection 121-5 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007can apply for approval under section 94 of the National Health Act 1953 to supply pharmaceutical benefits to patients receiving treatment in or at the hospital.

A hospital authority approved in respect of a private hospital can:
  1. access PBS subsidised medicines, chemotherapy drugs
A private hospital wishing to access medicines funded under the Highly Specialised Drugs Program must also be approved by the Department of Health, email HSD@health.gov.au.

Applying for approval

To apply for approval to enable a public/private hospital authority to supply pharmaceutical benefits or highly specialised drugs, the Application for a hospital authority to supply pharmaceutical benefits and or highly specialised drugs (Privacy Note) form is required.

Change of bank account details

Use the Notification of bank account details for a hospital authority (Privacy Note) to advise of any changes to bank account details.
Please allow at least 5 working days before the change is to take effect.

Authority for authorised person(s) to sign forms

Use the Authority to authorise pharmacist(s) to sign claim forms on behalf of a hospital authority form (Privacy Note) to authorise a pharmacist to lodge claims on behalf of a hospital authority.

Claiming for PBS medicines

The Commonwealth will reimburse PBS medicines supplied to Australian residents and eligible overseas visitors.

To make a claim for reimbursement all of the following forms must be submitted to the Department of Human Services: The Department of Human Services will then issue you with a digital certificate. Read more about Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital certificates.

Contact us

For any queries please email pbsapprovedsupplier@health.gov.au or phone the PBS Approved Suppliers hotline on (02) 6289 2419.

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