What does it mean when a medication is fully funded or partially subsided?
When you have a prescription from your doctor filled you will have to pay part or all of the cost of it. The basic prescription fee set by the government is $5 however there may be extra charges on some medicines that are not subsidised. For further information visit the Ministry of Health’s website. If the medication you are getting is partly-subsidised the amount that you will be charged will depend on the difference between the subsidy and the price that the manufacturer’s charge as well as the mark up from the dispensing pharmacy. Because the mark-up that the pharmacy charges may vary between pharmacies the final price you are charged may also vary. Pharmacies are required to provide you with a breakdown of charges so that you can clearly understand how they have been calculated.