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PD breaking news – NZ to give free prescriptions to under 13s

NZ government confirms free prescriptions for children under 13 years.

The New Zealand government has released its budget in which it has announced it will set aside $90m over five years to provide for free prescriptions and GP visits for children under the age of 13.

The policy will start on 01 Jul 2015 and has $30m budgeted for 2015-16, $30m for 2016-17 and $30m for 2017-18.

Previously, children under the age of six had free prescriptions, with a $5 charge for subsidised medication for people over six.

Health made up $15.1b of the total $73.1b core crown expenses for the 2014-15 budget.

For more, see tomorrow’s Pharmacy Daily.


The above Breaking News Alert was sent to Pharmacy Daily subscribers on 15 May 14

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