Alzheimer's patients benefit under new health scheme changes

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek Chris Ison

OLDER Australians suffering from Alzheimer's disease will get easier access to medicines under changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme announced on Tuesday.

The changes will help many of the 130,000 Alzheimer's patients, by not requiring tests every time they need a new prescription.

Previously, all patients had to take a test to show a minimum level of improvement in their condition to access a new prescription.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the changes would make it easier for patients to continue treatment as long as their doctor believed it was effective.

Alzheimer's Australia chief executive Glenn Rees welcomed the change, saying it removed a restriction that caused many people to lose access to the medicines after six months.

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