Drivers of medicine access equity

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He Ako Hiringa
30 April 2021
Bulletin #2

Medicine affordability is one of the five drivers of medicine access equity.

Up to 40 per cent of people continue to pay prescription copayments even though they are entitled to an exemption.1

No person or family should pay more than $100 per annum for subsidised medicines.

Are your patients making the most of the prescription subsidy card scheme through their pharmacy?

Read the HAH bulletin to find out more.

Bulletin bibliography

  1. PHARMAC. Achieving medicine access equity in Aotearoa New Zealand: Towards a theory of change. April 2019. Available at:

  2. Metcalfe S, Beyene K, Urlich J, et al. Te Wero tonu—the challenge continues: Māori access to medicines 2006/07–2012/13 update. NZMJ 2018;131(1485):27-47. Available at:

  3. Te Karu L, Bryant L, Harwood M, Arroll B. Achieving health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand: the contribution of medicines optimisation. J Prim Health Care 2018;10:11–15. Available at: