Improving access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples access to medicines - the QUMAX program

Couzos, Sophie, Sheedy, Vicki, and Delaney Thiele, Dea (2011) Improving access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples access to medicines - the QUMAX program. Medical Journal of Australia, 195 (2). pp. 62-63.

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Abstract

Background: Expenditure through major commonwealth funded health programs such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is much lower for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples than other Australians. Section 100 of the National Health Act (1953) allows for special access arrangements where pharmaceutical benefits cannot be conveniently supplied.

Objective: This article discusses the barriers to accessing PBS medications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the S100 access scheme.

Discussion: The implementation of S100 medications for remote area Aboriginal health services (AHSs) represents a breakthrough in medicines access, and is one of the most significant improvements in health service delivery for many years. If we are to achieve equity in access to the PBS for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, an extension of this initiative is necessary for rural and urban AHSs.

Item ID: 30408
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2014 05:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 100%
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