NSWALC reminds patients to take advantage of CTG scheme
PARRAMATTA: NSWALC Chairwoman Bev Manton, has urged all Aboriginal patients to take full advantage of the Government’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.
This package allows Aboriginal patients to obtain heavily discounted or free medicine if the letters ‘CTG’ are written by their GP on their prescriptions.
However, the offer is only available for medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme or ‘PBS’.
Ms Manton said managing disease and illness is often very expensive and simply not an option for many Aboriginal people.
“This government package is designed to reduce the risk factors for chronic disease in Aboriginal communities, improve disease management and improve follow-up treatment,” she said.
Printed PBS prescriptions may have either an electronically-generated CTG code, or be hand annotated with ‘CTG’ by the doctor with their initial or signature.
Eligible concessional and repatriation patients are not charged a co-payment (other than any mandatory charges such as brand premiums) and non-concessional patients are charged the concessional rate for each PBS item (plus mandatory charges).
All GPs and pharmacists have been informed of the arrangement, and all have a professional responsibility to dispense according to the new CTG PBS Measure guidelines.