From Wednesday (1 July 2015), all general practices in the MidCentral District Health Board region will offer zero-fee visits for children under 13 during normal hours.
Children under 13 will also no longer need to pay the $5 charge for each medicine dispensed at a pharmacy, though other charges may still apply.
]Andrew Orange, Interim Portfolio Manager, Primary Care, MDHB said: “Children under 13 will also be able to access zero-fee after-hours care and dispensings from a number of participating after-hours practices and pharmacies throughout the district.
The ’zero fees’ scheme applies to a standard daytime visit to a GP or nurse at the child’s regular practice (where they are enrolled) and removal of the $5 an item dispensing co-payment, or an after-hours visit to a participating practice or pharmacy.
In MidCentral, participating after-hours practices are located in Dannevirke, Palmerston North, Feilding, Levin, and Otaki, while participating pharmacies are located in Dannevirke, Palmerston North, and Levin, and possibly Otaki.
The national changes are designed to improve access to healthcare for primary and intermediate school children, ensuring they can get the care they need when they need it and avoid possible complications and visits to hospital Emergency Departments.
To find out more, check with your general practice team or pharmacist or see www.health.govt.nz/visiting-a-doctor
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945