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Notice given 25 March 2009

Senator Cormann: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1457-1459)—

(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.

1459 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation