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 2023

From 1 January 2023, the maximum cost of general prescriptions under the PBS will fall for the first time in the 75-year history of the PBS. It’s important that pharmacists and patients understand the changes and how they will affect them.

Maximum cost per prescription
  2022 Jan 1st 2023
General Patients $42.50 $30.00
Concessional Patients $6.80 $7.30
Closing the Gap
(General Patients)
$6.80 $7.30
Closing the Gap
(Concessional Patients)
$0.00 $0.00

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Effective 1 January 2023

Patient Co-Payments

  • Concessional patient $7.30
  • General patient $30.00

Professional Fees Made Up Of

  • Dispensing fees $7.82 (RP)
    $9.86 (EP)
  • AHI fee $4.32
    +5% of the amount by which the price to pharmacists exceeds $100, to a total cap of $99.28
  • Dangerous drug fee $4.84
  • Safety Net recording fees for items priced below
    the general co-payment $1.31 (RP)
    $1.68 (EP)
  • Allowable fee for items price below the general co-payment $3.29
  • Fee for Entitlement Card issue $11.42