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Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment Program: registration grace period extended to 31st Jan 2022

The Closing the Gap (CTG) PBS Co-payment Program registration grace period has been extended to 31 January 2022 (see communique here), to give more time for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have not been correctly registered for the Program to be registered correctly with Services Australia via Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

From 1 February 2022, General Schedule PBS prescriptions being dispensed for any eligible Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander patients that have not been correctly registered for the CTG PBS Co-payment Program will not have the applicable co-payment reduction applied. If they are a concessional patient they will have to pay the concessional PBS co-payment for their prescriptions. If they are not a concessional patient they will have to pay the general PBS co-payment.

It is imperative that during the registration grace period, PBS Prescribers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners ensure eligible patients are correctly registered for the Program. Only these health professionals can assess a patient as eligible for the Program. Registration must be done via Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) by these health professionals or their delegates.

It is also imperative pharmacists receiving the dispensing system warning message advise the person they are not correctly registered.

Further information and fact sheets about the CTG PBS Co-payment Program can be found here.