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Cheaper visits to the doctor and free GP visits for under-14-year-olds begins tomorrow

30 November 2018 Jason Walls - New Zealand Herald

A suite of new Government health initiatives, which Jacinda Ardern says will make going to the doctor cheaper for more than half a million Kiwis, comes into effect tomorrow.

From Saturday, December 1, up to 540,000 Community Service Card holders will receive cheaper doctor’s visits.

In this year’s budget, the Government announced it would spend $363 million on making doctor’s visits $20-$30 cheaper for cardholders, as well as extending the eligibility for the Community Services Card to people receiving the accommodation supplement or income-related rent subsidy.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said roughly 80,000 people would now be eligible for the card.

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