Posted July 13, 2020 07:18:50The Government is working on a health overhaul that will provide universal access to the same drugs and treatments as in the United States.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy told the ABC that the package of changes includes a $5,000 rebate for prescriptions from a generic drug and a $10,000 cap on the cost of some medicines.
She said the changes were needed to keep the system affordable.
« The Government’s vision is that this is the most affordable and most effective system in the world to offer universal access, so I’m really excited about this, » she said.
« It’s an exciting step forward for our patients. »
Ms Hennessyan said she expected some people would be more hesitant about using the new health system than others.
She also flagged some of the changes would not be rolled out until next year.
She noted it would not cover all health care providers and would not apply to people with chronic diseases.
Ms Henessyan said it would be « difficult » to implement the changes immediately, but said it was a good start.
« We know that it’s a challenging time in our health system, » she told ABC Radio Perth.
« So I think it’s important that we’re moving ahead and putting our best foot forward. »
She said her department was working with the Commonwealth on a plan to ensure there was enough time to implement some of these changes.
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