Effective from 1 January 2015, The Government proposes to increase Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) co–payments for general patients by $5.00 (from $37.70 to $42.70) and for concessional patients by $0.80 (from $6.10 to $6.90) in 2015.

PBS safety net thresholds will increase each year for four years from 1 January 2015, with general safety net thresholds to increase by 10 per cent each year and concessional safety nets to increase by the cost of two prescriptions each year.

These are user pay measure which will force people to start saving or budgeting for future medical contingencies.