Review of Chemotherapy Funding Arrangements

2013

CHF was funded by the Department of Health and Ageing to consult with our members on the Review of funding Arrangements for Chemotherapy Services. CHF undertook consultations regarding consumer's perspectives around the funding arrangements for chemotherapy services. A copy of the report of the CHF consultation can be accessed here.

The broader review is now complete.
 
The Department of Health reported that many organisations and individuals participated in the Review including pharmacies, hospitals, compounders and patient support groups.  The detailed information willingly provided by a wide variety of stakeholders significantly enhanced the Review process.  They reported that:

·     A total of 30 submissions were received;
·     27 stakeholders welcomed the opportunity to have meetings or teleconferences with the Review;
·     A large number of hospitals, pharmacies and compounders provided confidential business cost data that was subjected to independent analysis; and
·     The views of consumers and their families were captured by specific consultations with the Consumers Health Forum.  

On 30 November 2013, the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP announced that the additional funding of $60 per chemotherapy infusion will be provided for a further 18 months from 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2015 to support the provision of chemotherapy services at their current levels.  

The Government also announced measures to simplify a number of administrative processes, to reduce the red tape burden faced by prescribers, pharmacists and hospitals when prescribing, dispensing and claiming for PBS medicines.  

To view a copy the media release regarding the Government announcement around new arrangements can be accessed by visiting https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2013-11-30/new-chemotherapy-funding-support-fight-against-cancer

To view a copy of the Report from the Review of Funding Arrangements for Chemotherapy Services please visit https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chemotherapy-review

For information on the new fee arrangements please visit http://www.pbs.gov.au/info/publication/factsheets/shared/revised-arrangements-for-chemotherapy#New_remuneration_arrangements