Copayments are added barrier to healthcare
Patient copayments should be rescinded.
Why the contribution is important
Having worked in both rural and urban setting in community pharmacy, it is clear that a lot of New Zealanders see the copayments as added barrier to healthcare. Some parents are left having to decide whether to obtain their medicines either for themselves or for their whanau, or buy groceries for their families. It is disheartening to hear how most medicines are fully funded in Aotearoa and yet, some populations cannot access basic medicines because of patient copayment.
The removal of copayment will allow for improved access to medicines, which may in turn provide better health outcomes for New Zealanders.
by Pharm32 on April 25, 2023 at 09:47AM