Australian Medicare Prescription Charges


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Medicare Prescription Charges have a maximum price that can be charged to Medicare Card holders.  These are the subsidised prices so that most people pay less than the actual cost.

People with a concession card pay a much lower price than the normal subsidised prices.

From 1 January 2020, you may pay up to $41.00 for most PBS medicines or $6.60 if you have a concession card.

Concession  Card holders faced an increase of 10 cents per prescription, from the 2019 cost.

Those without a concession card faced an increase of 70 cents per prescription, from the 2019 cost.

Some Pharmacys give a $1 discount, so the cost for a concession card holder might be $5.60 at these pharmacys, up from $5.50.


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www.pbs.gov.au

History of Australian Prescription Fees 2001-2020.

  • 2001 Concession card Holders paid $3.50. Normal price was $21.90
  • 2002 Concession card Holders paid $3.60. Normal price was $22.40
  • 2003 Concession card Holders paid $3.70. Normal price was $23.10
  • 2004 Concession card Holders paid $3.80. Normal price was $23.70
  • 2005 Concession card Holders paid $4.60. Normal price was $28.60
  • 2006 Concession card Holders paid $4.70. Normal price was $29.50
  • 2007 Concession card Holders paid $4.90. Normal price was $30.70
  • 2008 Concession card Holders paid $5.00. Normal price was $31.30
  • 2009 Concession card Holders paid $5.30. Normal price was $32.90
  • 2010 Concession card Holders paid $5.40. Normal price was $33.30
  • 2011 Concession card Holders paid $5.60. Normal price was $34.20
  • 2012 Concession card Holders paid $5.80. Normal price was $35.40
  • 2013 Concession card Holders paid $5.90. Normal price was $36.10
  • 2014 Concession card Holders paid $6.00. Normal price was $36.90
  • 2015 Concession card Holders paid $6.10. Normal price was $37.70
  • 2016 Concession card Holders paid $6.20. Normal price was $38.30
  • 2017 Concession card Holders paid $6.30. Normal price was $38.80
  • 2018 Concession card Holders paid $6.40. Normal price was $39.50
  • 2019 Concession card Holders paid $6.50. Normal price was $40.30
  • 2020 Concession card Holders paid $6.60. Normal price was $41.00

More can be see at: www.pbs.gov.au/…/fee

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