NSW Health pays patient co-payments for section 100 (s100) drugs and medicines to help ease the financial burden for people with cancer and other chronic conditions.
s100 co-payments assist people living with cancer, as well as those with conditions such as HIV, patients with organ and tissue transplants, schizophrenia, hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, severe allergic asthma and rare diseases, particularly those affecting children, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
All of the following eligibility criteria must be met for the co-payment to be paid by NSW Health.
More information about authorised community prescribers is found on
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine. For clozapine, prescribers and patients must meet the
PBS eligibility requirements.
Patients must provide
consent for NSW Health to make s100 co-payments on their behalf.
Co-payments for patients accessing care in the private sector in NSW are not eligible for this program.
The s100 co-payment program only applies to the co-payment for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines. The Commonwealth Government is responsible for listing medicines on the PBS schedules. Refer to
PBS to check the status of a medicine, as the list may change over time.
NSW Health will pay the co-payment for eligible patients for prescriptions for:
The co-payment paid by NSW Health also counts towards the patient safety net.
In 2022 the NSW Ministry of Health completed an evaluation of the s100 Co-payment Program. The aim was to assess the implementation of the s100 policy from 2016 to 2021 and the extent to which the policy has contributed to improved outcomes.
Using insights and feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, the evaluation showed the program has eased the financial burden for patients and awareness of the program has increased over time. The program has saved NSW patients with cancer and other chronic conditions $43.5 million in s100 medication co-payments over five years.
NSWH-s100CoPayment@health.nsw.gov.au for a copy of the summary report.
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