22.214.171.124 Pharmaceutical allowance (PhA) - description
What is PhA
PhA is a supplementary allowance that provides financial assistance to eligible income support recipients to help with the cost of pharmaceutical prescriptions under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
PhA cannot be claimed on its own. It may be paid as a component of certain income support payments.
How PhA is paid
PhA is paid fortnightly with the person's main payment. It may be paid in advance to certain pensioners.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061F(1) Qualification for advance PhA, section 1068 Module D PhA
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.2 PhA - qualification & payability, 126.96.36.199 PhA - current rates, 5.4.3 PhA advance payment
From 20 September 2009 as part of major pension reform, the value of PhA was incorporated into: