The prescription charge (co-payment) is a small contribution people pay towards the cost of the medicines they receive. For most people, this charge is $5 for each new prescription item. New Zealanders can reduce their medicine costs through the prescription subsidy scheme.
You may be eligible for a prescription subsidy card if you receive 20 or more prescription items within 12 months (1 February – 31 January). You can combine the number of prescriptions with members of your family, including your spouse and dependent children up to age 18.
A prescription subsidy card entitles you to receive funded medicines without paying the standard co-payment, after 20 prescription items have been collected.
Speak to one of our pharmacists today to see if you qualify for a Prescription Subsidy Card.