What I didn’t realise until quite recently is that some drugs are on the PBS for some types of cancers but not for others. Eg, may be available on PBS for breast cancer, but not ovarian. $40 per prescription as against full price (thousands).
I’m still waiting for the TGA to agree that the Freestyle Libre should be subsidised for all insulin dependent diabetics. The current cost is $95 for the reader, and $92.50 (excluding postage) for the sensor which lasts 2 weeks. I used it for 3 months, got excellent control of my diabetes, but cannot afford to keep going.
I suspect the drugs which have now been approved are also drugs which have been on the market for a while and their patents may have expired, thus making them (or the active metabolite) available for generic production. Yeah, I’m a cynic.
I think I’ll wait. I know Abbott is fighting with them at the moment to get approval, they’ve been fighting for a year. I think the most offensive thing is that in most countries in Europe, its free. Rude.
And still no sign of a subsidy for all insulin dependent people, for the Freestyle Libre system. It costs us $2500 a year, give or take. Simply cannot afford it. I’d even be happy with 50% off. Meh. Making do with stabbing my fingers and not being in complete control of my BG. (and yes, the Freestyle system, does make it much easier)