The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data collection contains information on prescription medicines that qualify for a benefit under the National Health Act 1953 and for which a claim has been processed. The database comprises information about PBS scripts and payments, patients, prescribers and dispensing pharmacies.
AIHW currently holds PBS claims data processed between 1 April 2010 and 30 June 2015 – excluding PBS under co-payment data.
The Department of Health has issued a Public Interest Certificate approving AIHW access to PBS claims and under co-payment data for research and statistical purposes.
from 1 April 2010 to 30 June 2015
Please note, the AIHW linkage service can link PBS data with different datasets for approved linkage studies.
PBS claims data are an administrative by-product of the Department of Human Services administration of the subsidised prescription payment system.
PBS prescriptions are available to all Australian residents who hold a current Medicare card and overseas visitors from countries with which Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA).
Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14
External links and information
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