More under-13s seeing the doctor
Minister of Health
13th April 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more kids are seeing their
"We want to ensure young Kiwis get the best possible start in
life. Removing the cost barrier of doctor visits and prescription
charges is having a really positive impact on many families,"
says Dr Coleman.
"The latest Ministry of Health data shows that the average
number of visits for under 13s has increased almost 14 per cent
between July and December 2016, compared with the same period in
"The data shows that more Maori and Pacific children are being
seen by their enrolled GP. There was a 14.9 per cent increase in
visits for Maori children and an 11.1 per cent increase in visits
for Pacific children between July and December 2016, compared with
the same period in 2014."
More than 99 per cent of New Zealand GP practices receive
funding to make zero fees possible for under-13s.
"Based on DHB reported coverage, around
780,000 children under 13 have access to free after-hours general
practice visits within 60 minutes travel time."
"The Government is committed to ensuring
that not only do our children have the access to the care that they
need but that they can also access after-hours care."
Media contact: Shannon Stewart
April 18, 2017