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    Dusty WADusty WA

    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 have found that they do the same at my chemist.  The generic is the one that is cheapest,  and the brand name costs more.


    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?


    What are the current patient fees and charges?

    Patient co-payments

    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:

    Agree re some generics not doing as good a job, despite what the PBS says.



    According to the PBS website, Micardis attracts a brand premium of $3.77 or $3.77 depending on strength. See

    Not sure when it came in. I’ve been paying a premium for one of my meds for a few years now.

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