From July 1st, Prescription charges are changing

From 1 July, there will be a $5.00 charge for each new prescribed medicine, unless you fall into one of the following groups:

- Aged 13 years or under

- A Community Services cardholder (or a dependent child of a cardholder)

- Aged 65 years or over

- Hold a Prescription Subsidy Card (PSC)

This $5 charge applies only to new prescriptions and does not apply to repeats on the same prescription form.

If you or your family receive 20 new prescription items within a year, you can obtain a Prescription Subsidy Card. With this card, you won’t have to pay any additional prescription charges until February 1 of the following year. Ask your pharmacist for more details.

Please note that prescription charges written by private specialists and private dentists remain unchanged at $15 (for adults) or $10 (for ages 14-17). However, these charges are reduced to $5 if you have a High Use Health card or if your oral contraceptive was prescribed by a private specialist. Additionally, they remain free if you have a community services card (CSC).

For information on CSC including eligibility:


Find out how to apply for a CSC here: https://check.msd.govt.nz/services/community-services-card


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