Remuneration and claims system for approved pharmacists and approved hospital authorities supplying under the Remote Aboriginal Health Program under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953 (the Act):

The Australian Government reimburses approved pharmacies and hospital authorities under the s100 Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services Program for pharmaceutical benefits supplied to approved Aboriginal Health Services in remote locations.

Page last updated: 18 December 2017

The remuneration for bulk supply is the sum of the:

  • The price to pharmacists for the pack quantity (worked out in accordance with the determination that is in force under paragraph 98B (1)(a) of the Act at the time of the supply of the pharmaceutical benefit;
  • An amount equal to the administration, handling and infrastructure fee for the pack quantity (worked out in accordance with that determination);
  • A handling fee of $3.00
The handling fee historically was $1.14 and temporarily increased by $1.55 to $2.69 per Pharmaceutical Benefit Schedule (PBS) item supplied. This was the result of discussions between the Australian Government, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and a number of individual pharmacists. This increase was included as a measure in the 2009-10 Federal Budget and was effective from 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2010 at a cost of $3.1 million.

Ongoing annual indexation of the s100 handling fee was announced in the 2010/11 Budget. The handling fee has been increased since this announcement and is currently $3.00 as at 1 July 2017.

From 1 January 2017, the Australian Government introduced an additional fee in relation to medicines supplied for individual RAAHS clients.

From 1 January 2018 the s100 RAAHS Patient Specific Medicine Supply Fee (PSMSF) will be paid by the Department of Human Services (Human Services) to eligible pharmacies and approved hospital authorities. This fee is for each PBS medicine ordered on a RAAHS prescription, labelled for an individual patient for supply through an approved AHS. This is in addition to the handling fee paid to eligible pharmacies for the supply of bulk PBS medicines to an approved AHS.

The s100 RAAHS PSMSF is $4.67 for each PBS medicine labelled for an individual patient for supply through an approved AHS, on or after 1 January 2018 and is indexed annually.

For more information about eligibility and claiming visit the Department of Human Services website.