From cancer medication to blood pressure pills: The life-saving medicines that ...

Life-saving medications will now be cheaper for Australians with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and asthma as eleven new medicines have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.  

The savings come at the same time private health care is set to rise, with premiums increasing by 3.95 per cent on April 1.

'Australians with conditions including high blood pressure, depression, digestive disorders and certain types of cancer will now pay less for their medicines,' Health Minister Greg Hunt announced.

Eleven life-saving medications will now be cheaper for Australians with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and asthma on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

ife-saving medications will now be cheaper for Australians with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and asthma as eleven new medicines have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

One of the biggest beneficiaries will be the 178,000 diabetes sufferers who will now be able to buy Toujeo, a longer-lasting insulin drug, at a greatly subsidised price. 

The drug, which is normally worth around $1800 a year, will be available for less than $40 a script and will greatly reduce the chance diabetics may develop night-time hypoglycaemia. 

Esomeprazole, a common drug used to treat 620,000 Australians with digestive disorders, will be sold at up to 21 per cent less than the regular price, saving patients around $50 each year. 

Patients who need to take the drug olmesartan to manage high blood pressure will also save around $50 each year, affecting 80,000 Australians.  

Some specialist cancer drugs will drop dramatically in cost.

'Australians with conditions including high blood pressure, depression, digestive disorders and certain types of cancer will now pay less for their medicines,' Health Minister Greg Hunt announced

'Australians with conditions including high blood pressure, depression, digestive disorders and certain types of cancer will now pay less for their medicines,' Health Minister Greg Hunt announced

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