AMA submission- PBAC March Meeting Agenda Item: Access to Medicines for People in Custodial Settings

The AMA is pleased to submit to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) March meeting agenda consultation, in relation to the item considering access to medicines for people in custodial settings.

The AMA’s submission speaks to the importance of health services in custodial settings being resourced and designed to provide a level of care that is responsive to diverse and complex population health needs. Healthcare provided to those in custodial settings should also be of equivalent professional, ethical, and technical standard to the wider Australian community, and this includes ensuring full access to medicines under the PBS. Current service delivery settings across Australian custodial settings do not always enable access to the same standard of health care that most Australians would expect.

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