Senate debates

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Questions without Notice

COVID-19, Health Care

2:09 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) Share this | Hansard source

I think this is one of the great success stories of the Morrison government, and that is of course that as a government we continue to make more medicines available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Since 2013, because of our strong economic management, our government has approved more than 2,400 new or amended listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This represents an average of around 30 medicine listings or amendments per month, or one each day, for an overall investment by the government of $11.6 billion. Australians with asthma and multiple myeloma will have broader access to life-changing medicines as a result of expanded medicines listings on the PBS from 1 June 2020. Our government, the Morrison government, are committed to ensuring that Australians that need to access affordable medicines are able to do so. (Time expired)


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