FUTURE PBS listings will only be
achieved by “sensible savings to the
health budget,” according to Health
Minister Nicola Roxon.
When announcing today’s new
listings (see story p1), Roxon said
that proposed changes to the
Private Health Insurance Rebate and
the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.
However the proposed means
testing on the Private Health
Insurance rebate will not come into
effect on 01 July, after it was
defeated in the Senate twice.
Despite this, Roxon pledged to
press on with the changes which
will release “over $100 billion over
the next forty years to invest within
the health portfolio, including on
new PBS listings.
“Cabinet will continue to consider
all new PBS drug listings and how
these listings compare with other
health spending priorities such as
training new doctors and nurses,
opening new hospital beds and
investing in new preventative
health programs,” she added.The above article was sent to subscribers in Pharmacy Daily's issue from 21 Jun 11 To see the full newsletter, see the embedded issue below or CLICK HERE to download Pharmacy Daily from 21 Jun 11