The Green Party is committed to providing free healthcare for all young New Zealanders from birth, until their 18th birthday.
One in four teenagers report not going to the doctor when they need to, and cost is a common barrier.
By removing a barrier to healthcare, we will reduce hospital admissions, help prevent unwanted pregnancies, and give teenagers the support they need to help them navigate young adulthood.
Our $29 million plan will improve the health of young people aged 13 to 17, by making GP visits and medicines free for this group.
The Green Party's Healthy Teens, Healthy Futures package includes:
- $21 million a year to extend free GP visits to the 290,000 teenagers aged 13-17 and abolish their prescription charges
- A further $8 million a year to help GPs deal with the extra workload generated from this policy
- A commitment to a) developing new ways to deliver healthcare to teenagers, so that they can get medical advice where and how they want it, b) negotiating with DHBs and PHOs the funding necessary to make afterhours visits for all children up to age 18 free
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