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Pharmaceutical benefits scheme

Many medicines cost much more than the price you pay - some cost hundreds of dollars - but the Federal Government pays most of it for you. The government does this through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It's available to Australian residents and eligible visitors from countries with reciprocal arrangements with Australia.

The name of PBS drugs appears in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits which you can find online at For more information about the PBS, visit the Department of Health website.