Does HIF pay a benefit towards medicinal cannabis?

Unfortunately, at this stage you can’t make a claim for medicinal cannabis.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Guidance for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia document states that medicinal cannabis is not considered a first-line therapy for any medical indication, however medical practitioners may be asked to prescribe these products by their patients. Due to this, it is within the scope of a medical practitioners’ professional judgement to determine the best course of treatment for the patient, including the prescription of medicinal cannabis.

Is medicinal cannabis subsidised by the Australian Government?

Currently, medicinal cannabis is not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), so no subsidy is available from the Australian Government. Any cost must be met fully by the patient.

Is medicinal cannabis claimable on my Private Health Insurance?

Due to the current lack of suitable evidence supported by pharmacological studies, medicinal cannabis is not currently claimable under Private Health cover with HIF. However, this may change in the future, where further evidence of the efficacy of the treatment is shown.

Please note: The use of recreational Marijuana remains illegal across Australia, and should not be confused with medicinal cannabis, which is developed specifically for the treatment of certain conditions.

For further information on medicinal cannabis treatments, please consult your registered health professional.