The five drivers of medicine access equity

13 July 2021
aHAH! moment

Pharmac has identified five key drivers of medicine access equity in New Zealand.

Every Wednesday we will be adding an additional driver to the list below.

1. Availability

Medicine availability has been identified by Pharmac as one of the drivers of medicine access equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prescriber awareness and knowledge of funded medicines can play a key role in access equity.

It is important that prescribers keep informed of the availability of new medicines and any funding criteria so that everyone who is eligible can access funded medicines.

2. Accessibility

Medicine accessibility has been identified by Pharmac as one of the drivers of medicine access equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Barriers to accessing medicine can include business opening hours, the location of services, and whether multiple services have to be accessed.

Ensuring your community can physically obtain your services in a timely manner can play a key role in improving access equity.

3. Affordability

Medicine affordability has been identified by Pharmac as one of the drivers of medicine access equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Appointments and prescriptions may be unaffordable for some, resulting in patients missing out on treatment.

Indirect costs like transportation, parking and childcare can also affect whether a patient can access the medicines they need.

Ensuring your patients are aware of initiatives like the prescription card subsidy scheme is key to improving medicine access equity.

Coming next Wednesday: Acceptability