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Zero fees for under-sixes in Wellington

Public health spokesperson Dr Nikki Turner says CPAG is pleased to see progress on the Government’s pre-election commitment to provide ‘zero fees for under-sixes’.  Dr Turner says “We would like to see this scheme adopted throughout New Zealand.  Free health care for under-sixes should be a priority. Any barrier that causes delay when a child is sick is likely to lead to higher costs later on, as well as greater suffering for the child.”

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes news that all primary health care services are now free for children under six in the Wellington region.

Public health spokesperson Dr Nikki Turner says CPAG is pleased to see progress on the Government’s pre-election commitment to provide ‘zero fees for under-sixes’.  Dr Turner says “We would like to see this scheme adopted throughout New Zealand.  Free health care for under-sixes should be a priority. Any barrier that causes delay when a child is sick is likely to lead to higher costs later on, as well as greater suffering for the child.”

"Parents should not be prevented from seeking medical care for their children when they need it because they can’t afford after-hours fees.”        

Capital & Coast DHB has agreed to a free after-hour scheme for under-sixes across the region.  As a consequence, Wellington GP practices that were charging fees for under-sixes during normal hours have now all opted in to the Government scheme to keep visits free.