Who is Medical Cannabis Services?
Medical Cannabis Services (MCS) was opened in 2017. The company originated in Canada as Medical Marijuana Services (MMS) in 2013 and has become one of the leading Canadian cannabis clinics. Over 10,000+ people processed and the highest customer service ratings in the industry. We expanded to Australia to help your citizens access cannabis at a compassionate price. We are the lowest priced clinic due to our experience and the use of telemedicine to save you time and allow you easy of use.
What conditions qualify?
There is no specific list of what is covered and what is not covered. The condition must be shown to provide some benefit through evidence that it may be helpful in the treatment of that condition. There are many conditions that that information exists for and a partial list of them is as follows: Chronic pain, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, epilepsy, MS, Insomnia, Migraine, IBS, Arthritis, Chemo-induced nausea, anxiety, and body spasms.
Do I have to get high?
No, many forms of medical cannabis treatment involve the non psycho-active materials in the cannabis plant such as CBD. CBD only treatments are THC free and do not have the “high” that is associated with THC.
Do I have to smoke cannabis?
No, today’s cannabis treatments come in many forms such as oral spray, edible oils, gel caps with many more options coming on line all the time.
Can anyone qualify?
No, you must have a known medical condition that you have tried other forms of treatment for, before applying for medical cannabis. If you have a medical condition that you have suffered from and have had treated with no results or not the results you hoped for, then cannabis may be an option to try. It never hurts to ask, so contact MCS today.
How long will it take to get approval?
Medical Cannabis Services estimate the current approval timeline to be approximately 3 days-1 week. Timelines vary by state and by the complexity of the condition being applied for. Every case is evaluated on a case by case basis and MCS offers no guarantee of approval.
What is involved in the application process?
The team at Medical Cannabis Services facilitates access for the patient to be evaluated by one of our doctors. The Medical Cannabis Services team then assist the doctor in completing the government application form for the Special Access Scheme B (SAS-B). The TGA requires information on the condition being treated, other medications that have been tested by the patient and names of your medical practitioners including the consulting specialists.
How do I get approval for medicinal cannabis?
To begin, a patient must take our free screening consultation. This will see if you are able to register to see a doctor with MCS. Next, in order to be approved for medical cannabis to treat your condition you must go through the process of applying for the Special Access Scheme with the TGA. MCS facilitates the process for you and provides access to compassionate doctors by handling all the paperwork for your application. To start simply fill out the short request for a free screening. Please contact us via our registration form
How much does it cost to obtain a prescription for cannabis?
Rates vary from clinic to clinic. Our policy is to make our service affordable for all Australians. The average clinic Fees in Australia are $1200.00/year. Feel free to compare.
We are the most compassionately priced at $600.00-$700.00/year. Our 7 years in business has allowed us to operate with far less overhead. We have conducted over 50,000 consultations, follow-ups or renewals.
Our Fee Schedule
Initial Screening FREE
$150 -$200 QLD Before Initial consultation with doctor.
$150 – $150 QLD Due immediately after initial consultation. Administration and processing fees and submission to TGA .
$100 – $150 QLD Prior to 30 day follow-up consultation.
$200 – $200 QLD Prior to 6 month review.
Depending on your needs you may request further follow up communication.
Missed appointments $100 without 48 hours notice. Sorry! It very rarely happens.
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Why is Telehealth the best option for you?
Telehealth saves time and money. Telemedicine is a expanding technology to connect doctors with patients over the internet using a secure online video platform. Your appointment is private and discreet and from the comfort of your own home or office. Estimated saving/year based on industry survey is 300/person.
Is MCS affiliated with any medical product company?
No, not at this time. All medical practitioners are free to prescribe any product based on their determinations and freely choose your medical cannabis products.
What if i do not pass the appointment screening process?
Patients who’s conditions are not listed in the conditions the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) accepts, are less likely to receive approval from the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) for medicinal cannabis. However, if you would still like to discuss your case with our doctors, please Contact MCS. All cases are different and many factors can change this scenario.
Can my health insurance cover the cost of the consultations and/or the cost of medicinal cannabis?
It depends on what cannabis products you are prescribed and for what conditions. Things like the approval status of a drug determine what is and is not covered.
When is treatment with medicinal cannabis contraindicated?
Contraindications for medicinal cannabis treatment Products containing THC are generally not appropriate for patients who:
- Have a history of hypersensitivity to any cannabinoid or to smoke (if the cannabis is smoked)
- Have severe cardio-pulmonary disease with occasional hypo-tension (low blood pressure), possible hypertension (high blood pressure), syncope (loss of consciousness) or tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
- Suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Patients with severe liver or renal disease, including chronic hepatitis C
- Have a personal history of psychiatric disorders or a family history of schizophrenia
- Have a history of substance abuse
- severe liver or renal disease
- Are women of childbearing age not on a reliable contraceptive, planning to become pregnancy, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
I am already using cannabis, why should I use product prescribed by your doctors?
Quality and safety are the main reasons you should switch to a legal source of medical cannabis if you are a current user. Street cannabis can contain contaminants like pesticides and mold that are not safe to consume. Medical grade cannabis has been tested for purity and is contaminant free.
Is there follow up care required?
Yes, the patient will have to have a second consultation. How often you see the doctor varies by patient and condition but you are required to meet with them at least once in the first three months of your treatment so the initial process of using medical cannabis can be fully monitored and safety is insured.
What are the side effects of medicinal cannabis?
The known side-effects from medicinal cannabis treatment (both CBD and THC) include fatigue and sedation, vertigo, nausea and vomiting, fever, decreased or increased appetite, dry mouth, and diarrhea. THC-containing compounds are also known to cause the psychotropic effects typically associated with cannabis such as feeling ‘high’.
How does medical cannabis affect driving? Is it allowed?
Drug driving is a criminal offense. Care must be taken when consuming medical cannabis not to drive while under the influence of cannabis. Patients should consult with their doctor before driving or operating large machinery and equipment. Medical cannabis does not affect all patients the same way. Both CBD and THC can cause adverse reactions with other medications and currently these affects are not all known. THC takes many days to clear the system and can be found in urine for many days following use. All states in Australia have Mobile Drug Testing and can show cannabis use up to 12 hours after use.
Patients should not drive or operate machinery while being treated with medicinal cannabis that contains THC. All states in Australia have Mobile Drug Testing. Currently all drivers that test positive will be charged.
How much does medication cost from a Licensed Commercial Producer?
Each producer sets their own pricing. Patients can expect to spend about $150-$250 per month.
How can I buy medical cannabis? What forms are available?
Medicinal Cannabis comes in many forms today with none requiring the smoking of cannabis. Flowers can be vaporized or eaten for effect. Oils are the most common form of dosage.
How do I get my medications? Where do they come from?
Medicinal cannabis products can be purchased from any pharmacy legally with special access in place. After that, MCS works hard to find a close location that is easy to purchase from and assist in finding pricing and programs to help the patient incur these costs.
Is medical cannabis covered by the PBS Scheme?
No. At the current time Medicinal Cannabis is not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and therefor not covered by the PBS. This will likely change in the next couple of years as more products are tested and verified for registration with the PBS.
If you have any questions, please ask. We are always here to help! Contact MCS here.