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Old Sep 1st 2009, 5:09 pm
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Hello, all,

We're hoping to move out soon but still have a few questions and were hoping someone could help??

I'm on repeat prsecription medication from my GP, here in the UK: how do prescriptions work over in NZ?
Do I have to get a GP and then give him/her my medical records, then they decide what to do?

Whats the cost of prescribed medications over in NZ?

Thanks,
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If you've got permanent residency, are registered with a surgery and most importantly, the bloody woman on the reception enters the correct code on your records, then the repeat service works pretty much the same as UK.
Prescriptions cost next to nothing if the above apply, but a consultation is about $15.
Get a copy of your records, it's better than trying to remember them!
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Originally Posted by hazeandsteve View Post
If you've got permanent residency, are registered with a surgery and most importantly, the bloody woman on the reception enters the correct code on your records, then the repeat service works pretty much the same as UK.
Prescriptions cost next to nothing if the above apply, but a consultation is about $15.
Get a copy of your records, it's better than trying to remember them!
Thank you very much for such a quick reply.Ian and Gill.
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I work in a GP practice a couple of days a week, and seem to spend rather more time than I would like doing repeat prescriptions . The system, in my experience, is very much the same as in the UK, but you're most likely to be asked to go in and meet your Dr for the first prescription as not all meds are the same over here, and there's definitely not the same range of meds here (or, not at the funded price, at any rate). So your Dr is likely to want to meet you, go over your medical history, your meds & just check that he/she is happy to continue prescribing them. After that you should be able to ring up & order rpt scripts as needed. Of course if your meds require you to have any monitoring, blood tests, BP checks etc then you'll be asked to front up and get these done as needed. Although much of that can be done by the nurse (cheaper consult ).
Fully funded meds are $3 per script, however you can get items that are only part funded or not funded...with those you pay a percentage of the actual cost of the medication. I have the feeling that we levy a charge for actually doing the script as well . Hmmm, I'm still the new girl, but I'm sure I heard that........I must go check this morning.
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I've just paid $4 per item on a fully funded script.
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I dunno how it works.

My husband's repeat prescription costs $10 bucks to get from the medical centre, presumably the fee for the GP signing the 'script and then $3 for the pills from the chemist.

I'd say a GP is going to want to see you before issuing any prescription.

A visit to our GP costs us $35 a hit.

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I dunno how it works.

My husband's repeat prescription costs $10 bucks to get from the medical centre, presumably the fee for the GP signing the 'script and then $3 for the pills from the chemist.

I'd say a GP is going to want to see you before issuing any prescription.

A visit to our GP costs us $35 a hit.
A GP visit cost can differ from GP practice to GP practice, I would love to pay $15! The GP practice sets the price so it can be worth shopping arround and talking to friends/neighbours. In Auckland you can easily pay $50+. Please also note that it can take up to 3 months for you to receive the subsidised cost for visiting a GP, during that initial 3+ months you can pay an extra $30. For example before I was enrolled I paid $75, now I pay $45. The GP cannot speed this enrollment process up, the government sets the quarterly dates where patients can be accepted for subsidised costs!

As someone said you have to be a Permanent Resident to receive subsidised prices on visits to your GP and prescriptions.

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Yeah $15 a visit would be a bargain, as this would probably not be covered under ACC and hubs is not a child......$30-40 up here (even for us residents)....depending on the phases of the moon, plus the cost of filling the prescription.
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Generally if it is a managed condition (eg Asthma) the doctor will probably not require you to come in too regularly. I have to go in once a year just for an update as long as nothing changes with my condition.

So, essentially it's a one off appointment (currently around $30). I get a script at that point then mosey along to the pharmacy to pick it up.

The script is valid for 3 months but you can generally only pick up one month at a time. So the repeat pick ups (within the 3 months) don't cost me. At the end of the three months I get another prescription. Again, I pay $12 for the script at that point and then $3 for the item. Or whatever the cost is.
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Think I am being done by my GP. Been here 8 weeks and on a repeat prescription. So went to introduce myself and set up the prescription. My GP says she wants to see me every two months. Not sure what for as I have been on the tablets for 12 years without any problems. At $46 a throw it is going to be expensive . Will go back and enquire the proper set.

I had to pay $3 for the script at the Chemist.
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Originally Posted by Ian and Gill View Post
Hello, all,

We're hoping to move out soon but still have a few questions and were hoping someone could help??

I'm on repeat prsecription medication from my GP, here in the UK: how do prescriptions work over in NZ?
Do I have to get a GP and then give him/her my medical records, then they decide what to do?

Whats the cost of prescribed medications over in NZ?

Thanks,
Ian & Gill
I am on daily thyroxine for under active thyroid so will need to register asap and get myself up and running for repeat prescriptions, so am so glad of this thread, thanks guys.

Tina. x
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I am on daily thyroxine for under active thyroid so will need to register asap and get myself up and running for repeat prescriptions, so am so glad of this thread, thanks guys.

Tina. x
From you suffix (dates of EOI, ITA. etc), Tina, it looks like you guys are almost there!
Best of luck!
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From you suffix (dates of EOI, ITA. etc), Tina, it looks like you guys are almost there!
Best of luck!
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Hi Ian,

fingers crossed we will be, however, our case officer is on her holidays until next week and we have no idea of how long it will take to hear form them and then to get whatever info they want if any...........but what I have done is start to ask for reports from my consultants those I am still under and discharged from, posted all letters off, so just waiting and if I do not need them then it will be a bonus Will keep you posted though, nailbiting time this is, lol.

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Can anyone tell me if I can get free prescriptions in New Zealand. I don't pay for them in the UK because I am over 60 and take Thyroxine (which is also free on prescription).

I am applying for residency in New Zealand.
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Think I am being done by my GP. Been here 8 weeks and on a repeat prescription. So went to introduce myself and set up the prescription. My GP says she wants to see me every two months. Not sure what for as I have been on the tablets for 12 years without any problems. At $46 a throw it is going to be expensive . Will go back and enquire the proper set.

I had to pay $3 for the script at the Chemist.
I don't want to ask too much (not necessary) but sometimes if you are needing medication which is not automatically fully funded the doctor may require you to visit more regularly to ensure you are on the right dosage/medication. In fact, in may not be the doctors requirement but rather pharmac. Go back to your doctor and ask why. If it's just because they like to see you more often tell them to take a hike. But if it's because of the medication that may be out of their control. You have been on the medication for twelve years, but not under her care or in this country. I had a similar issue when I was in the UK (I was on painkillers) and when I returned to New Zealand a few years ago (the asthma medication). They needed to monitor me for a bit.

They should at least explain it though.
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