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New Zealand to Expand Access to Primary Care

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health will be expanding access to low-cost general practitioner’s visits to 600,000 low-income New Zealanders through the “Very Low Cost Access” scheme that caps the cost of a visit at NZ$18. In addition, the government is expanding its Community Service Card program, which enables access to reduced-cost or free primary, prescription, dental, and vision care, to an additional 350,000 low-income adults with high housing costs. The policies are expected to be rolled out in July 2018, at which point 2.5 million New Zealanders — more than half of the country’s population – will be eligible for free or low-cost access to primary care visits.

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