Coalition promises cheaper medicines, while Labor unveils obesity plan

The Coalition has promised cheaper medicines for 1.4 million Australians – including cancer patients – ramping up the battle over health policy as Labor unveils a $116 million plan to tackle obesity and other preventative conditions.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians with a chronic illness and families who bought a lot of medicines would qualify sooner for free or discounted medicines, saving up to $80 a year.

Scott Morrison has announced cheaper medicines in a bid to counter Bill Shorten’s health policies. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer/Alex Ellinghausen

Under the $308 million plan, the annual threshold to get access to free or further discounted medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme would be lowered by 12 scripts for concession card holders, down from 60 to 48.

Individuals and families who are not concession card holders would get access to the scheme after filling 36 scripts, two less than the current threshold, saving about $70.


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