News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Change to prescription charge January 2013

20 December 2012

Media Release

Change to prescription charge January 2013

The Ministry of Health would like to remind New Zealanders that a change to prescription charges will be introduced on 1 January 2013.

The Government subsidises prescription medicines and New Zealanders contribute a small co-payment when they pay a prescription charge.

From 1 January, the amount any individual contributes towards the cost of their medication will increase from $3 to $5 for each new prescription item. If your medicine is not fully subsidised, there may be an additional cost.

This is the first increase to the prescription charge in 20 years.

Prescriptions for children under six continue to be free.

Individuals and families can reduce their prescription costs by using the Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card. All New Zealanders are eligible for this free programme.

Once a total of 20 new prescription items is reached, there are no more prescription charges until 1 February the following year. Family members, living in the same household, can pool their prescription items to reach this total.

By using the Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card, individuals or families will pay a maximum of $100 on prescription charges in any one year.

It is easier if people use the same pharmacy regularly for their prescription items, but if they visit a different pharmacy, they can keep the receipts for any prescription items and have them added to their record at their regular pharmacy.

Alternatively, people can collect all their prescription receipts and when they get to 20 new prescription items, take the receipts into any pharmacy and ask for a Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card.

You can find more information about Prescription charges and the Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card at the Ministry of Health website or ask your pharmacist.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news