Medicines that count towards the threshold
Know which medicines will count towards the PBS Safety Net threshold.
You can reach the threshold by buying PBS medicines and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) medicines at:
- community pharmacies
- private hospitals approved to supply PBS medicines
- out-patient pharmacies at public hospitals.
Ask your pharmacist which medicines will count towards the PBS Safety Net threshold.
You’ll need to keep track of your medicines to know when you’ve reached the threshold.
When there are 2 or more brands of the same medicine, they may have different prices. If you choose a more expensive brand, the extra cost you pay may not count towards the threshold. Your pharmacist can tell you which brands cost more and how much will count towards the threshold.
You can read more about generic medicines vs. brand-name medicines on the healthdirect website.
When you get your medicines early
If you get an early supply of medicine, the amount won’t count towards your PBS Safety Net threshold.
If you’ve reached the threshold, you can’t get an early supply of medicine at the reduced PBS Safety Net rate.
Page last updated: 27 June 2019
This information was printed 25 November 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/pharmaceutical-benefits-scheme/when-you-spend-lot-pbs-medicines/medicines-count-towards-threshold. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.