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National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2015


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Health

Summary

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to implement the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Access and Sustainability package by: applying a one-off five per cent statutory price reduction for single brand medicines; changing price disclosure arrangements for multiple-brand medicines; applying flow-on price disclosure reductions from component drugs to multiple-brand combination medicines; changing membership arrangements for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; enabling approved pharmacists to discount patient co-payments by a maximum of $1 for each PBS supply on a prescription; extending safety net early supply rules; and extending the pharmacy location rules and the role of the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority to 30 June 2020. Also makes technical amendments.

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 27/05/15  
Second reading moved 27/05/15  
Second reading debate 15/06/15  
Second reading agreed to 15/06/15  
Third reading agreed to 15/06/15  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 16/06/15  
Second reading moved 16/06/15  
Second reading debate 23/06/15  
Second reading agreed to 23/06/15  
Committee of the Whole debate 23/06/15  
Third reading agreed to 23/06/15  
     
Finally passed both Houses 23/06/15  
Assent 26/06/15 Act no.: 89 - Year: 2015
     

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

Senate
  • Liberal Democratic Party [sheet 7734]
LEYONHJELM, Sen David

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (16/06/2015): Senate Economics Legislation Committee; Committee report (23/06/2015)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)