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Our Position on Prescription Fees for New Zealanders

The patient co-payment fee on prescriptions is harming physical and mental health and wellbeing, by increasing health crises, pain, shame, and unnecessary hospitalisations around the country.

Removing this government-imposed healthcare barrier for everyone would increase access to basic medicines, producing immediate positive effects for community health, and reducing the burden on our over-extended healthcare system.

Our Recommendation:

Enhance community health and wellbeing by removing the patient co-payment (government fee) on prescriptions for all, to ensure everyone has access to the vital medicines they need.