Cheaper GP visits
June 7, 2018
Doctor visits will soon cost as low as $8 for low-income people, wherever they live, but some doctors say needy people will still miss out.
From July this year Wellington Community Services cardholders will soon be able to visit GPs from as low as $8, thanks to a decision by the Capital and Coast District Health Board.
Only community service cardholders who live near one of seven special low-cost centres in the greater Wellington region, called VLCAs, can get low-cost visits.
Newtown Union Health Services manager Fiona Osten supported the reduced fees but expressed concern about people in non-VLCA areas missing out on the funding.
“Because we’re inner-city, we often have people who are living on low income living right next door to people with high income. These days the community services cards aren’t always indicative. There are still groups of the population that should be getting extra funding but are missing out.”
The fee changes will take effect from July 1.