Concessional medicines under the RPBS
Medicines and wound care items may be available at a concession rate. Your health care provider can check to see if the RPBS covers the items you need.
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What is the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
The Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) provides eligible people with access to a wide range of medicines and wound care items at a concession rate.
The RPBS may help you access more items than are available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)Back to top
Who can receive it
You may get your prescribed medicines and wound care items at the concession rate if they are available through the RPBS, you have an assessed clinical need for the item and you have a:
- Veteran Gold Card
- Veteran White Card and the script is for a condition covered by your Veteran White Card
- Veteran Orange Card
What you can receive
You will have access to medicines and wound care items at a concession rate if they are available through the RPBS via a prescription from your health provider and you have an assessed clinical need.
If you have a:
- Gold or Orange Card you can get available items for any assessed clinical need
- White Card you can get available items for an assessed clinical need that relates to a condition covered by your card
Talk to your health provider about access to other over the counter items through RPBS via a prescription.Back to top
How much you pay
You will need to pay a co-payment of $7.70. A co-payment is the contribution you make when getting medicines and wound care items at a concession rate. Pharmacists may choose to offer a discount of up to $1.00 on your $7.70 co-payment for each prescription.
If there is more than one brand of medicine with the same active ingredients, the $7.70 co-payment covers the lowest priced brand. If you or your health provider want a more expensive brand, you will need to pay the difference.Back to top
How you claim
Let your treating health provider know that you have a Gold, White or Orange card.
Your health provider may need to get approval from us before prescribing you some of the items:
They will need to get approval from us before prescribing items not listed on either schedule.
Your health provider should contact the Veterans’ Affairs Pharmaceutical Advisory Centre (VAPAC) on 1800 552 580 to see if items they want to prescribe are available through the RPBS.
The concession rate of $7.70 will apply automatically when you present your White, Gold, or Orange Card and your RPBS prescription to a pharmacy.Back to top
Things you should know
- If your medicine is no longer available, speak to your health provider or pharmacist about alternative options available through the RPBS.
- The Safety Net Scheme can help you with the cost of co-payments once you reach the Safety Net threshold.
- If you do not receive the concession rate, you may pay a co-payment of up to $31.60 per script for PBS items.
- If you don’t qualify for RPBS, you may still be able to get a concession rate on PBS items. The concession rate of $7.70 may apply to PBS items if you have a:
- In certain circumstances some of your co-payments may be refunded to you through the Veterans’ Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme (VPRS)
- If you would like further information you can contact us on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)
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