The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)in Australia is a wonderful, wonderful thing meaning many medicines that do an awful lot of good for so many people are placed in easy financial reach.
However, what of newer drugs that are equally beneficial to those who need them? It seems they are being put through more hoops than a performing seal by those who decide what does or does not make the PBS list. Before people start flaming me with qualms about letting any old thing into the health system, I openly accept the need to be stringent in matters of public health for the best interests of the wider community. This is something I am fine with.
In the meantime, these products remain at the pricier end of the scale where those who use them pay the higher price, claim whatever they can from their health fund and keep telling themselves the benefits are worth it.
Yet in the middle of all this, you wonder how many more people could benefit from these newer drugs if they were listed on the PBS and placing them within easier reach?
In hitting the Net to find out what a particular medication has to prove to have itself placed on PBS - I find whatever is there is written in language you would have to have a medical degree to understand. Which I don't.
So, Federal health authorities please take note - while we love you for trying to explain why something remains NOT on PBS - can you put it into language the people who are using the medication might actually have a hope in Hades of understanding without the need for a medical dictionary by their computer?
Either that, or speed up the PBS process a little. Please? Pretty please?
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