Budget 2023 – funding for 50,000 pharmacotherapy patients.

by | 10 May, 2023

The Federal Government has announced significant spending for opioid pharmacotherapy patients in it’s 2023 budget.

“50,000 Australians who need treatment for opioid dependency will have funded support to access the treatment they need at their local pharmacy a cost they can afford ($377.3m).”

For decades, the cost of treatment through community pharmacies has been borne by the patient and has been often identified as reasons to leave or to not enter treatment. This is an important measure that the Pharmacotherapy Area-Based Networks, along with many other groups, have been advocating for many years. It will provide recurrent funding support for pharmacies to provide the service, reduce financial pressures on patients, and improve treatment retention.

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-mark-butler-mp/media/budget-2023-24-building-a-stronger-medicare