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Health and Ageing Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]
Schedule 1 Amendments relating to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Part 1 Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee membership

National Health Act 1953

1  Subsection 100A(2)

Omit “11”, substitute “at least 11, but not more than 15,”.

2  Subsection 100A(3)

Omit “The Committee is to include 8 members”, substitute “Members forming at least 2 / 3 of the total membership of the Committee are to be”.

3  Subsection 100A(4)

After “members”, insert “(if any)”.

4  Subsection 100B(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  The performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of the Committee are not affected merely because the number of members of the Committee falls below 12 for a period of not more than 6 months.



 

Part 2 Special supply arrangements

Health Insurance Act 1973

5  Subsection 81(1) (definition of pharmaceutical benefit )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

pharmaceutical benefit means:

                     (a)  a pharmaceutical benefit as defined in Part VII of the National Health Act 1953 ; or

                     (b)  a special pharmaceutical product as defined in that Part.

Health Insurance Commission Act 1973

6  Subsection 3(1) (definition of pharmaceutical benefit )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

pharmaceutical benefit means:

                     (a)  a pharmaceutical benefit as defined in Part VII of the National Health Act 1953 ; or

                     (b)  a special pharmaceutical product as defined in that Part.

National Health Act 1953

7  Subsection 84(1)

Insert:

special pharmaceutical product has the meaning given by subsection 100AA(1).

8  At the end of subsection 85(1)

Add:

Note:          The Commonwealth may also provide the drugs and medicinal preparations covered by subsection 100AA(1) under special arrangements made under section 100.

9  Section 100

Repeal the section, substitute:

100   Special arrangements

             (1)  The Minister may make special arrangements for providing that an adequate supply of special pharmaceutical products will be available to persons:

                     (a)  who are living in isolated areas; or

                     (b)  who are receiving medical treatment in such circumstances that pharmaceutical benefits:

                              (i)  cannot be conveniently or efficiently supplied in accordance with this Part (other than this section); or

                             (ii)  are inadequate for that medical treatment.

             (2)  The Minister may vary or revoke a special arrangement made under subsection (1).

             (3)  This Part has effect subject to a special arrangement made under subsection (1).

Note:          For example, for a drug declared under subsection 85(2), it does not matter if a special arrangement for its supply is inconsistent with a determination made under subsection 85(3) or section 85A for the drug.

100AA   Special pharmaceutical products

Special pharmaceutical products

             (1)  A special pharmaceutical product is a drug or medicinal preparation:

                     (a)  declared to be a drug or medicinal preparation to which this section applies; or

                     (b)  composed of:

                              (i)  one or more of the drugs or medicinal preparations covered by paragraph (a); and

                             (ii)  one or more additives declared to be additives to which this section applies; or

                     (c)  declared under subsection 85(2).

             (2)  The Minister may declare in writing:

                     (a)  that a drug or medicinal preparation is a drug or medicinal preparation to which this section applies; or

                     (b)  that an additive to a drug or medicinal preparation covered by paragraph (a) is an additive to which this section applies.

Note:          For declaration by class, see subsection 46(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (3)  The Minister may vary or revoke a declaration under subsection (2) by written instrument.

Note:          This subsection expresses a contrary intention for the purposes of subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

Role of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee

             (4)  The Minister must not:

                     (a)  make a declaration under subsection (2); or

                     (b)  make a written instrument varying a declaration made under subsection (2) so that the declaration covers an additional drug or medicinal preparation or additive;

unless the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (the Committee ) has recommended that the Minister do so.

             (5)  The Minister must obtain the written advice of the Committee before making a written instrument:

                     (a)  revoking a declaration made under subsection (2); or

                     (b)  varying a declaration made under subsection (2) so that the declaration no longer covers a drug or medicinal preparation or additive.

Parliamentary scrutiny

             (6)  Each of the following is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 :

                     (a)  a declaration made under subsection (2);

                     (b)  a written instrument made under subsection (3).

             (7)  The Minister must cause a copy of an advice described in subsection (5) to be presented to each House of the Parliament:

                     (a)  with the corresponding instrument described in that subsection; and

                     (b)  when that instrument is presented to that House in accordance with section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

10  Saving current special arrangements

(1)       A special arrangement that, immediately before the commencement of this Part, was in force under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953 is taken to be, immediately after that commencement, in force under that section as in force immediately after that commencement.

(2)       This item does not prevent a special arrangement covered by subitem (1) from being varied or revoked by the Minister after the commencement of this Part.

11  Section 101

After “as pharmaceutical benefits” (wherever occurring), insert “or special pharmaceutical products”.

12  Section 114

After “benefits”, insert “or special pharmaceutical products”.

13  Section 116

After “benefits”, insert “or special pharmaceutical products”.

14  Subsection 133(1)

After “benefits” (first occurring), insert “or special pharmaceutical products”.

15  Section 134

After “benefit” (wherever occurring), insert “or special pharmaceutical product”.

16  Subsection 135A(5A)

After “benefits” (first occurring), insert “or special pharmaceutical products”.

17  Subsection 135A(5A)

Omit “pharmaceutical benefits” (last occurring), substitute “benefits or products”.

18  Subsection 135A(5C)

After “benefit” (wherever occurring), insert “or special pharmaceutical product”.

19  Subsection 135A(8)

After “pharmaceutical benefit”, insert “or special pharmaceutical product”.

20  Subsection 135A(8)

After “benefit” (last occurring), insert “or product”.

21  Subsection 135A(24)

Insert:

special pharmaceutical product has the same meaning as in Part VII.

22  Subsection 135AA(11) (definition of Pharmaceutical Benefits Program )

After “benefits”, insert “and special pharmaceutical products”.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

23  Subsection 118K(7) (paragraph (b) of the definition of pharmaceutical benefit )

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  a drug or medicinal preparation:

                              (i)  in relation to which Part VII of the National Health Act 1953 applies because of section 85 of that Act; or

                             (ii)  that is a special pharmaceutical product (as defined in that Part).



 

Part 3 Pharmacists supplying benefits at or from other premises before approval

National Health Act 1953

24  At the end of paragraph 84C(4)(a)

Add:

Note:       Sometimes a supply can still be taken into account if the pharmacist is approved later. See subsection 99(3B).

25  At the end of paragraph 89(a)

Add:

Note:       Sometimes the person will still be entitled to receive the pharmaceutical benefit if the pharmacist is approved later. See subsection 99(3B).

26  After subsection 99(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  Despite paragraph (3)(b), if:

                     (a)  a pharmacist is an approved pharmacist in respect of particular premises; and

                     (b)  the pharmacist supplies a pharmaceutical benefit (the pre-approval benefit ) at or from other premises before obtaining approval under section 90 in respect of those other premises; and

                     (c)  the pharmacist later obtains approval (the later approval ) under that section to supply pharmaceutical benefits at or from those other premises;

then, because of the later approval:

                     (d)  the pharmacist is entitled to a payment of 90% of the amount that the pharmacist would have been entitled to be paid in respect of the supply of the pre-approval benefit had the later approval been in force at the time of its supply; and

                     (e)  if the amount already received by the pharmacist in respect of the pre-approval benefit exceeds the amount that the pharmacist is entitled to under paragraph (d), the amount of the excess is to be set off against future entitlements under this section.

          (3B)  The pre-approval benefit is taken to have been supplied in accordance with subparagraph 84C(4)(a)(i) and paragraph 89(a) if, under subsection (3A) of this section, the pharmacist is entitled to an amount in respect of the supply.



 

Part 4 Safety net provisions

National Health Act 1953

27  Paragraphs 84DA(1)(a) and (2)(a)

After “person applies”, insert “, either personally or through the person’s agent,”.

28  At the end of paragraph 84DA(3)(c)

Add “or by the person’s agent”.

29  Paragraph 84DA(5)(a)

After “person applies”, insert “, either personally or through the person’s agent,”.

30  Paragraphs 84E(1)(a) and (2)(a)

After “person applies”, insert “, either personally or through the person’s agent,”.

31  At the end of paragraph 84E(3)(c)

Add “or by the person’s agent”.

32  Paragraph 84E(5)(a)

After “person applies”, insert “, either personally or through the person’s agent,”.



 

Part 5 Approved hospital authorities

National Health Act 1953

33  Subsections 94(5C) and (6)

Repeal the subsections.



 

Part 6 Cancellation of approvals

National Health Act 1953

34  Subsections 98(2), (3) and (3A), 98AA(2) and (3)

After “may”, insert “(at his or her discretion)”.

35  Application

The amendment of subsections 98(2), (3) and (3A) and 98AA(2) and (3) of the National Health Act 1953 made by this Schedule applies to cancellation for stopping, after the commencement of this item:

                     (a)  the carrying on of a business; or

                     (b)  a practice; or

                     (c)  the conduct of a hospital.