Concessional patients

Learn about the recent changes to PBS medicines for concession patients and cardholders.

Your concessional co-payment is now $7.30

If you have a concession card you will pay $7.30 (plus any applicable premiums) per script for medicines listed on the PBS.

To be a concessional patient you need to hold one or more of the following cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Health Care Card
  • DVA White, Gold, or Orange Card.

Check if your medicine is on the PBS

PBS Safety Net – concession cardholders

If you spend more than $262.80 on eligible PBS medicines in a calendar year, you qualify for the PBS Safety Net.

This means your PBS medicines for the rest of the year will be free (plus any applicable premiums) once you receive your PBS Safety Net card.

The PBS Safety Net was lowered in July last year by 25%, so concessional patients qualify after 36 PBS scripts, instead of 48.

Keep a record your PBS co-payments and apply for a PBS Safety Net card at your local pharmacy or through Services Australia.

Learn more about the PBS Safety Net

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