Changes to the Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Program will make it easier for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to receive reduced-cost medications.
The changes came into effect on 1 July. The program, commonly referred to as ‘CTG scripts’, provides free or low-cost medicines to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have, or are at risk of, chronic disease.
How to access CTG scripts
Under the change:
- if you are eligible for the program, any PBS prescriber or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner will be able to register you
- if you are an eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person, you can be registered for the program no matter where you live in Australia, and regardless of your chronic disease status
- this registration will cover you even if you move to a different health clinic within Australia
- if you are unsure if you are registered for the program, your PBS prescriber, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner or pharmacist will be able to check online for you
- PBS prescriptions for medicines covered under the program will no longer need to be annotated with ‘CTG’ by the prescriber to be eligible for a reduced co-payment.