Updated guide for Closing the Gap – PBS Co-Payment Measure
The Department of Human Services has revised its education guide for ‘Closing the Gap – PBS Co-Payment Measure’ to include more helpful information about the scheme.
The CTG PBS Co-payment Measure improves access to PBS medicines for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. Closing the Gap prescriptions attract a lower or nil patient co-payment for PBS medicines.
The updated guide Closing the Gap (CTG) – PBS Co-payment Measure – supporting Indigenous health has more information to help prescribers meet the scheme’s requirements.
The guide covers important information such as:
- the measure and how it works
- how to register patients
- how to write CTG prescriptions
- prescribing and dispensing requirements for CTG annotation code prescriptions
- patient payments and PBS Safety Net recording
- CTG PBS Co-payment Measure patient contributions
- prescription serial numbers
There’s also a case study showing the benefits of the scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with, or at risk of, a chronic disease.
Your general practice or Indigenous Health Service needs to be registered under the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive before your GPs can write CTG prescriptions for their patients.