PBS Safety Net thresholds
Once you or your family spend a certain amount on PBS medicine you’ll reach the PBS Safety Net threshold.
We calculate the PBS Safety Net in a calendar year. It resets at the beginning of each year, 1 January.
The 2020 PBS Safety Net threshold is:
- $316.80 for concession card holders
- $1,486.80 for general patients.
Before you meet the threshold, each medicine will cost:
- up to $6.60 for concession card holders
- up to $41.00 for general patients.
Once you reach the threshold, you’ll need to apply for a PBS Safety Net card to get cheaper medicines.
Your medicine will then either:
- be free for concession card holders
- cost up to $6.60 for general patients.
When there are 2 or more brands of the same medicine, they may have different prices. If you choose a more expensive brand it may cost you more.
Page last updated: 1 January 2020
This information was printed 24 October 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/pharmaceutical-benefits-scheme/when-you-spend-lot-pbs-medicines/pbs-safety-net-thresholds. 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.