Ask your health provider if you can save on PBS medicines

1 July 2021

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, you could get lower cost or free medicines.

Your health provider may be able to register you for the Closing the Gap (CTG) PBS Co-payment. It helps you get most Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines for less. Or, if you have a concession or health care card, your medicine may be free.

This program used to be only for people living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. But that has changed.

Now you’re eligible if:

  • you self-identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • your health provider thinks you’ll have setbacks with your health if you don’t take your medicine
  • your health provider thinks you need help with the cost of your medicine to keep taking it.

Anyone who can prescribe PBS medicines can register you. Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners can too. You only need to register once.

Take your prescriptions to a community or private hospital pharmacy. Public hospital pharmacies can’t dispense medicines under this program.

If you were registered before 1 July 2021

You don’t need to do anything. We’ll add you to a new national registration system. It means you won’t need to tell each new health provider you go to that you’re part of the CTG program.

You should also know that your doctor doesn’t need to write ‘CTG’ on your prescriptions anymore. But it’s helpful if they do.

If you’re not sure if you’re registered, you can ask your doctor to check online for you. Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners can too.

Next steps

Talk to your PBS prescriber or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

Page last updated: 26 July 2021