In January, the cost of medicines listed under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) rose again.
The last few years have been tough on all of us, and with stagnating wage growth, cost of living increases and general uncertainty, rising medicine costs are yet another hurdle that Australian face.
Medicines shouldn’t be something people have to choose over other necessities like food, rent or electricity.
Many commonly used medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) now cost general patients $42.50 per prescription and will reach $50 per prescription by the end of the decade. In 2019-20 alone, over 900,000 Australians delayed or did not fill a prescription due to cost.
If prescription medicine prices continue to rise, millions of Australians will face a crippling financial burden directly affecting their health.
The government sets the price of medicines on the PBS, and can reduce the cost immediately, directly benefiting millions of Australians.
That’s why we’re asking for your support. We’ve made it easy for you to send your local candidate in the upcoming federal election a message and ask them how they will provide Australians with affordable prescription medicines.