From 1 July 2023, people will no longer have to pay the standard $5 prescription charge (prescriptions are already free for children aged 13 and under).
This applies to $5 co-payments for prescriptions by approved providers. Prescriptions from specialists and non-publicly funded prescribers will still attract a $15 co-payment.
These prescriptions with a $15 co-payment will count towards the 20 prescription items a patient or family collect in a year. Once a person or family reach 20 prescription items in a year, they can get a Prescription Subsidy Card, which means they will not have to pay any more prescription charges until 1 February the following year.
Pharmacies may charge for extra services such as medicines delivery or packaging. There may be an additional cost if a prescription medicine is not fully subsidised. Fees for medicines that are not fully funded by PHARMAC remain the same.
For further information talk to your general practice or pharmacist.