Healthcare in Australia – Filling Prescriptions

Many medicines in Australia can be prescribed only by a doctor via an official prescription. To obtain medicines prescribed by a doctor, simply take your prescription to any chemist. Your prescription may be filled immediately if it’s available off the shelf, or you may be asked to wait or come back later.

PBS medicines are available to all Australian and New Zealand residents. Proof of residence or nationality may be required. If you’re eligible but unable to provide proof or you have not yet received your Medicare card you may be charged the full price for medicines, although you can obtain a refund at a Medicare customer service centre or by posting your claim.