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211 hep c cureFrom 1 October, NSW residents living with HIV and hepatitis C will pay less for their medication under a government plan to scrap co-payments on S100 medicines (highly specialised drugs). The change will save patients an average of $1,400 per year.

“We are delivering on our election commitment to people living with complex illnesses, who are suffering enough without the stress of having to fork out for essential but expensive medication,” said NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner.

The co-payment will be paid by the government regardless of whether prescriptions are filled at hospital pharmacies or community chemists.