Mapper since: February 27, 2020
In 2017–18, 4.2 million people in Australia received mental health–related prescriptions, amounting to 37.7 million prescriptions, which accounted for 7 per cent of PBS-covered prescriptions overall. About two-thirds of all prescriptions are through the PBS; the rest, 34.8 per cent, are private scripts, which means there is no government subsidy for them. Of those prescriptions, 87.4 per cent were prescribed by GPs and 7.9 per cent were prescribed by psychiatrists. Of all mental health–related prescriptions, 69.4 per cent were antidepressants.
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