Pricing of a PBS Prescription

Pricing of a PBS Prescription

Range of medications in pharmacy

How PBS medicines are priced and how much they cost can be confusing. Below is information and resources for use by community pharmacies and consumers to understand more the pricing and costs of a PBS prescription.

Changes from January 1st 2024

Maximum cost per prescription
  2023 Jan 1st 2024
General Patients $30.00 $31.60
Concessional Patients $7.30 $7.70
Closing the Gap
(General Patients)
$7.30 $7.70
Closing the Gap
(Concessional Patients)
$0.00 $0.00

Effective 1 January 2024

Patient Co-Payments

  • Concessional patient $7.70
  • General patient $31.60

Professional Fees Made Up Of

  • Dispensing fees $8.37 (RP)
    $10.41 (EP)
  • AHI fee $4.62
    +5% of the amount by which the price to pharmacists exceeds $100, to a total cap of $99.28
  • Dangerous drug fee $5.18
  • Safety Net recording fees for items priced below
    the general co-payment $1.40 (RP)
    $1.80 (EP)
  • Allowable fee for items price below the general co-payment $3.45
  • Fee for Entitlement Card issue $12.04