Story: Health and society

Health care and cost

Because primary health care is not free for most people in New Zealand, cost limits access to care. In 1991 the government reduced the subsidy paid to general practitioners and raised prescription charges. This video highlights the immediate effect of these changes on the number of people seeking primary health care – some clinics reported up to 30% fewer patients.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Health and society - Health services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 6 Apr 2018