Friday, 30th November 2018
QUEENSLAND CANCER BATTLERS CAN ACCESS NEW PBS MEDICINES FROM DECEMBER 1
A $100 million investment from the Coalition Government will see five new treatments made available from December 1 on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for Australians battling cancer.
Eligible patients will save up to $100,000 a year fighting certain forms of leukaemia, advanced tumours of the intestine and pancreas, melanoma, bowel cancer and ovarian cancer.
Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said that once the important listings are subsidised under the PBS, patients will pay $39.50 per script or just $6.40 a script for concessional patients.
“One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland which is alarming,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Cancer is a vicious disease and it’s vital for Queenslanders who are fighting for their lives to be able to have access to these medicines without being concerned about their pharmacy script costs rising.
“We need to continue to provide Queenslanders and Australians with access to life-saving and life-changing medicines and quickly.”
The new and amended PBS listings were all recommended by the independent expert Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
Since coming into Government, the Coalition has helped improve the health of Australians by subsidising around $10 billion worth of new medicines.