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National Health Amendment (Enhancing the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2021


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Health

Summary

Amends the: National Health Act 1953 to: provide for price reductions on the fifth, tenth and fifteenth anniversary of a drug listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and when the first new brand of a drug lists on the PBS; retain ministerial discretion to ensure that the minister can intervene if a legislated price reduction were to have an unintended consequence; and establish a price reduction floor, and stockholding requirements, for certain PBS listed brands that may be susceptible to global medicines shortages; and National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget and Other Measures) Act 2018 to remove redundant provisions.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28/10/21  
Second reading moved 28/10/21  
Second reading debate 29/11/21  
Second reading debate 30/11/21  
Second reading agreed to 30/11/21  
Consideration in detail debate 30/11/21  
Third reading agreed to 30/11/21  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 30/11/21  
Second reading moved 30/11/21  
Second reading debate 02/12/21  
Second reading agreed to 02/12/21  
Committee of the Whole debate 02/12/21  
Third reading agreed to 02/12/21  
     
Finally passed both Houses 02/12/21  
Assent 13/12/21 Act no: 139 - Year: 2021
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
KELLY, Craig, MP

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Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (24/11/2021): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 1 of 2022
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)