From what I've heard, Australia has a pretty good pharmaceuticals scheme when compared to the rest of the world. Most of the usual types of drugs (anti-biotics etc) are very cheap as they are covered under the PBS. It's good that they're examining the "fringe" medicines to evaluate their effectiveness before funding them. They still have a way to go though, accupunture, naturopathy and chiropractic are still covered by my health insurance. I'd much rather that money go into dental, physio, dieticians, and hospital care.