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From: Andrew Crow

Dear Ministry of Health,

I ask that this request be actioned promptly due to the current events and interest and the mixed advice I have been given.

I have been told by a nurse that the MMR vaccine must be free to members of the public who require it, it was stated that it is against the guidance of MoH to charge any fee for MMR vaccine.

I have also become aware of a doctor who is charging a $15 fee as a “needle fee”.

Under OIA I ask for the direction given to doctors around the cost of MMR to the public. Can a doctor charge a fee or should the vaccine be totally free?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Crow

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Kia ora Mr Crow

Thank you for your query of 9 September 2019 regarding the MMR vaccine.

The Ministry of Health does not direct general practices on what they can,
and cannot charge as additional fees (i.e. the vaccine itself may be free
but there may be additional costs when it is administered, which a
practice is entitled to charge.)

Generally, the MMR vaccine is free for anyone born after 1969 (as stated
in the Pharmaceutical Schedule), and GP visits are free for individuals
aged 14 and under; however, it is important to note that subsidies are
only paid for 'eligible' groups.

For your reference, the eligbility criteria is publicly available on the
Ministry website:
[1]https://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-h...

I hope you will find this information useful.

Nga mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
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From:        "Andrew Crow"
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To:        "OIA/LGOIMA requests at Ministry of Health"
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Date:        08/09/2019 08:10 p.m.
Subject:        Official Information request - Measles vaccine cost.

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Dear Ministry of Health,

I ask that this request be actioned promptly due to the current events and
interest and the mixed advice I have been given.

I have been told by a nurse that the MMR vaccine must be free to members
of the public who require it, it was stated that it is against the
guidance of MoH to charge any fee for MMR vaccine.

I have also become aware of a doctor who is charging a $15 fee as a
“needle fee”.

Under OIA I ask for the direction given to doctors around the cost of MMR
to the public. Can a doctor charge a fee or should the vaccine be totally
free?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Crow

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