Prescription drug utilization following patient co-payment changes in Australia.

  title={Prescription drug utilization following patient co-payment changes in Australia.},
  author={Peter McManus and Neil Donnelly and David A. Henry and Wayne Hall and Joseph Primrose and Jutta Lindner},
  journal={Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety},
  volume={5 6},
In November 1990 major patient co-payment changes were introduced into the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), which accounts for around 90% of all community prescriptions in Australia. Interrupted time series analyses were performed to assess the impact of these co-payment changes on the prescription levels of defined groups of 'discretionary' and 'essential' drugs for both the general community and for a subgroup comprising elderly returned servicemen and women. While the co-payment changes… CONTINUE READING

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