Commonwealth initiatives

Strengthening Medicare – Commonwealth Initiatives

Based on the recommendations of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce and building on Australia’s Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan 2022-2032, several significant funding initiatives for primary healthcare were announced in the May 2023 Federal budget. These include changes to MBS funding and additional blended funding payments that will come through the MyMedicare program.

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From 1 September 2023, patients living with an ongoing health condition who are stable on their current treatment can receive twice the medication for the cost of a single prescription.

This applies to more than 300 common medicines listed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) and is being implemented in three stages over 12 months.

For a list of the PBS medicines and current item codes, click here.

Murray PHN will continue to share details and advise of the support available as more information is received.


Page last updated 4 September 2023