If your child is under 13 years and enrolled with a general practice team then getting them medical care from 1 July may be a whole lot cheaper.
Most general practices will offer zero-fee visits for young people under 13 from 1 July and you'll no longer need to pay the $5 charge for each item of prescription medicine for under-13s, though other charges may apply*.
The 'zero fees' scheme applies to a standard daytime visit to the child's regular general practice team (where they are enrolled) or an after-hours visit to a participating clinic. It also applies to injuries covered by ACC.
After-hours services are designed for urgent visits when the child's regular practice is closed and where the child needs to be seen before the practice opens again.
* Situations where you may charged for medical care for under-13s include:
Not being enrolled with a general practice team
During the day if you don't to your regular practice you may be charged a fee; make an appointment with your regular practice if you can.
Extended general practice consultations, procedures and extra services such as certificates or equipment will continue to be charged in the usual way.
Pharmacies may also charge for extra services such as medicines delivery or packaging, in addition to fees for medicines that are not funded by Pharmac.
Give your general practice a call and ask if they provide zero-fee visits for under-13s or check your practice website. Check with your pharmacy about the prescription charge.
If your regular practice doesn't offer zero-fee visits to under-13s, you can choose to enrol with another practice that does.
You can also get advice from a trained nurse by calling Healthline on 0800 611 116 or Plunketline on 0800 933 922.
zero fees U13 poster (PDF, 140kb)