Changes to Covid-19 funding and how this impacts you

Jun 24, 2024

You may have heard that the funding for Covid-19 care is changing from 1st July.

In General Practice we have previously been able to provide free appointments for eligible patients with Covid.

From 1st July all appointments and prescriptions (antivirals) for Covid care will now be charged at our normal rate. Prices can be found here:

The nationwide specific Covid Healthline number is being removed, people should instead call the general Healthline number: 0800 611 116 This number is free and available 24/7

Covid antivirals continue to be available for eligible patients. These can be prescribed here by doctor via a telephone appointment or from a pharmacy. These websites have information on eligibility for Covid-19 antivirals and pharmacies who can provide the medications without a GP prescription:

While we are not a RAT collection site, free RATs are still available in NZ until the end of September 2024. You can find your nearest collection site here:

Covid vaccinations continue to be free, find your local vaccination provider here:

Up to date information on eligibility and timing of Covid vaccines is available here:



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