What is the PBS safety net limit?
From 1 January 2020 the PBS Safety Net thresholds have been lowered: from $390.00 to $316.80 for concessional patients. from $1550.70 to $1486.80 for general patients.
How many scripts do I need to reach the safety net?
The changes mean concessional patients will need to get 12 fewer scripts filled in a year in order to reach the PBS Safety Net, and two fewer scripts for general patients.
What is the PBS Safety Net How does it work?
The scheme requires pharmacists, on request by patients, to record the supply of PBS and RPBS items on prescription record forms. When a patient reaches the Safety Net threshold within a calendar year, they qualify to receive PBS or RPBS items at a cheaper price or free of charge for the rest of that year.
What happens when you reach the safety net threshold?
When you spend certain amounts in gap and out of pocket costs, you’ll reach the thresholds. Once you’ve reached the thresholds, you’ll start getting higher Medicare benefits. This means you’ll get more money back from us for certain Medicare services. Only verified costs count towards the threshold.
What is the safety net for pensioners?
Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) thresholds 2022: $717.90 for Commonwealth Concession Cardholders, including those with a Pensioner Concession Card, a Health Care Card or a Commonwealth Seniors Card and people who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A. $2,249.80 for all other singles and families.
What counts towards the safety net?
A: The Medicare Safety Net covers a range of doctor visits and tests that you receive out-of-hospital. Some examples of services that count towards the Safety Net are: GP and specialist consultations. Ultrasounds.
Does dental count towards Medicare safety net?
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
Can someone else pickup my PBS medicine?
Can I collect PBS medicine from a pharmacy for someone else? Yes, you can collect medicine for someone else.
Is Viagra on the PBS scheme?
This medicine was verified as being available on the Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (RPBS) on December 1, 2021. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
What happens once you reach the Medicare safety net?
Medicare Safety Nets have thresholds. When you spend certain amounts in gap and out of pocket costs, you’ll reach the thresholds. Once you’ve reached the thresholds, you’ll start getting higher Medicare benefits. This means you’ll get more money back from us for certain Medicare services.
How much do you have to spend to reach Medicare safety net?
Medicare Safety Net threshold 2021
|Safety net||Threshold amount|
|Original Medicare Safety Net (OMSN)||$481.20|
|Extended Medicare Safety net (EMSN)||$2,184.30|
|Extended Medicare Safety Net – Concessional and Family Tax Benefit Part A||$697|
What are the 2019 PBS safety net thresholds?
The 2019 PBS Safety Net thresholds are $390.00 for concession card holders and $1,550.70 for general patients.  The co-payment and Safety Net threshold amounts are indexed on 1 January each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 
What is the general patient safety net threshold?
The general patient Safety Net threshold is currently $1,497.20. When a person and/or their family’s total applicable co-payments reach this amount, they may apply for a Safety Net concession card and pay the concessional co-payment amount of $6.60 plus any applicable premium for pharmaceutical benefits for the rest of that calendar year.
What is the National Health Amendment (safety net thresholds) Bill?
The National Health Amendment (Safety Net Thresholds) Bill 2019 (the Bill) amends the Act to implement a Government election commitment to lower the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Safety Net threshold amounts that apply to general and concessional patients.
What are the changes to the general and concessional safety net thresholds?
PBS general and concessional safety net thresholds increases (from 01 January 2017) are shown in the table below, comprising approximately 1.3% increase on 2016: Closing the Gap – PBS Co-payments for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) People