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Young Children to Receive Free After-Hours Doctors' Visits

District Health Boards across New Zealand negotiated with GPs to provide free after-hours visits for children under age 6. The visits, which are estimated to cost NZ$7 million a year, will be funded by the government through savings from lower pharmaceutical costs due to drugs coming off patent. More than 90 percent of the country's under-six population now has free access to after-hours care with a GP. Such visits previously cost patients from NZ$17 to NZ$100.


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