Subsidized drug expenditure in Australia FY 2016-2019

The Australian government spent 8,211.65 million Australian dollars on section 85 drug subsidies through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in financial year 2019. In the period between 2016 and 2019, government subsidy payments peaked in 2017, however the following years recorded a drop in government payments and a subsequent increase in patient contributions.

Expenditure on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in Australia from financial years 2016 to 2019

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

financial years 2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, values refer to prescriptions from Section 85 only, including Drs Bag, excluding under co-payment prescriptions and section 100 drugs.

Numbers have been rounded.

Australia's financial year runs from July 1 to June 30; for example, financial year 2017 starts on July 1, 2016 and ends on June 30, 2017.

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