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Government’s PBS delay risks health outcomes

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Rachel Siewert 21 Jun 2011

The Australian Greens said today the Government was putting the health of Australians at risk by deferring the addition of medicines to the PBS as a cost-cutting measure.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens health spokesperson said today that the Government was ignoring the advice of its clinical health economics experts.

“This is nothing but short term thinking from the Government,” said Senator Siewert.

“People who can not access the right medicines will end up costing the health system more as their health deteriorates.

“This is a counterproductive approach to the economics of our health system – a short term savings measure which will lead to higher costs.

“Health groups and consumer health organisations are right to be extremely concerned about this approach to the PBS. The Australian Greens support their campaign to get this decision changed.

“The Government needs to reverse this decision and add these medicines to the PBS as a matter of urgency,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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