Concessional entitlement for PBS now recognised on day person dies

Changes mean concessional entitlements for pharmaceutical benefits are valid for concessional patients on the day of death.

The National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Act 2017 came into effect on 29 March 2017.

The Act allows concessional entitlements to the PBS for concessional beneficiaries and their dependants to apply on the day of a person’s death.

As a result, there will be changes to the PBS Online system on 8 April 2017.

This means the dispensing software used by pharmacies to validate concessional entitlements from Centrelink will now recognise and pay prescriptions supplied to a patient or their dependants on the day they pass away.

Over the next few weeks we’ll reassess prescriptions for payment that have been rejected under these circumstances since 1 April 2015.

All prescriptions will be reassessed in the PBS Online system.

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