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SMS subsidy extension for electronic prescriptions

April 13, 2021

The SMS subsidy for electronic prescribing will be extended from 31 March 2021 to 30 June 2021.

The Department of Health and Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) plan to work with the health sector to establish an ongoing model to support providing electronic prescriptions to patients. SMS costs are specific to electronic prescriptions sent to patients on their mobile phones. Prescribers and dispensers can send electronic prescriptions to patients via email or through mobile apps that don’t incur these SMS costs. The Active Script List, once implemented across Australia, will also provide health professionals a fee-free option.

For more information, contact the ADHA customer care team at