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Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Page: 4597

Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, upon notice, on 25 March 2009:

(1)   Has the Minister considered increasing the $10 million threshold for Cabinet consideration for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings.

(2)   What threshold levels have been considered.

(3)   Does the Minister consider the current threshold is causing unnecessary delays to the listing of pharmaceuticals on the PBS, particularly when those pharmaceuticals have already been assessed for cost effectiveness and meet the legislative requirements for listing on the PBS.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Finance and Deregulation has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   No.

(2)   Not applicable.

(3)   No.