Story: Medicines and remedies

UFS Dispensary, Dunedin

UFS Dispensary, Dunedin

Until 1941, when prescription medicines became funded by the government, most people had to pay the full cost of medicines prescribed by their doctors. However, members of friendly societies (mutual assistance clubs for working people) could get subsidised medicines at United Friendly Society Dispensaries (UFSD). In the early 20th century, the UFSD in Dunedin was centrally located on the corner of Moray Place and Princes Street.

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Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, 'Medicines and remedies - Prescription medicines, 1940s to 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 May 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020