Have any of you been charged a premium on your scripts if you ask to be given exactly what the DR ordered? Chemist asked do you want this or genetic ,I said I would have what the Dr ordered, and was charged an extra $1.90previously I paid extra for Mycardis, but not for anything else,So when did this sneak in? I was harbouring the thought that if it was in “the List” it was $6.50 Just wondering ,I’m not as observant as I once was
I would like to mention here that not all ‘generics’ work exactly the same as the ‘originals’.
I am not saying this is so in all cases, but I have found to my dismay that it is so for the medication I need.
Generics just don’t cut it for me.
I pay extra to have the ‘original’ brand.
A bit of a nuisance, but there it is.
We need a medication to work right?
I think ‘premiums’ only came in to force earlier this year?
The co-payment is the amount you pay towards the cost of your PBS medicine. Many PBS medicines cost a lot more than you actually pay as a co-payment.
From 1 January 2019, you pay up to $40.30 for most PBS medicines or $6.50 if you have a concession card. The Australian Government pays the remaining cost.
What is a Price premium?
A price premium or brand premium, may apply to some medicines and is an additional payment that you pay to the supplier of the specified brand of a PBS medicine. The additional charge does not mean there is any difference in quality between brands.
An alphabetical list of medications which attract a brand premium is available at: