Topics: Elections, Health

More Kiwis could receive subsidised GP visits under Labour

  • Auckland

Many more NZers will have subsidised doctors visits under Labour's first roll out of their new health strategy, with a total of $60 million in new money being thrown into primary health care

However, they have stopped short of offering free doctors visits to all children under 13 like National.

A simple visit to the doctors is an expensive luxury for some NZ families.

Last year over 500,000 Kiwis decided not to the doctor because they couldn't afford it. 

Labour intends to throw $40 million of new money at GPs, to increase free or low cost visits from 1.3 to 2 million, making doctors visits no more than $17.50 per visit for adults, $11.50 for 6-17 year olds, and no cost to under 6s.

$20 million more new money will be directed at maternity services and other health NGO's such as mental health services.

This is the first in a series of Labour health initiatives, the remaining announcements are to be made at Labour's campaign launch this coming Sunday.

Although Labour has confirmed today that the door for coalition is most certainly shut to Mana Internet, the Māori Party may be in with a slight chance. 

Whānau Ora on the other hand is another matter.