Use of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Private Hospitals: 2. An Alternative Model

John K. Jackson, Michael J. Ryan, David M. Jeffery, Robyn E. Seale, Cynthia H. Benporath, Rob W. Danby

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Objective: This article describes a project aimed at resolving inefficiencies associated with the use of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in private hospitals. Method: Six alternative models were formulated and evaluated using quantitative and qualitative means. The preferred model was implemented for trial. Data sources: Drug utilisation records from medical and pharmacy histories of almost 2500 patients in 5 private hospitals, and focus groups and questionnaire surveys of medical, nursing and pharmacy personnel were used. Results: The model eliminated legal and operational problems associated with outstanding prescriptions, ensured patients received PBS subsidies to which they were entitled and was favoured by all stakeholder groups. Conclusion: The model should be available for implementation in all hospitals using the PBS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

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