Prescription fees are returning: how to keep prescriptions free with ZOOM Pharmacy

The Government has announced that from 1 July 2024 the $5 prescription fee will return for most New Zealanders.  This means you may be charged a $5 fee again for each prescription medicine by your pharmacy.


The following groups are exempt from the $5 prescription co-payment:

  • Children aged 13 years or under.
  • Community Services Card (CSC) holders and their dependents.
  • Seniors aged 65 years and over.


Prescriptions from private specialists remain the same:

  • $15 for senior (ages 65 and over).
  • $15 for adults (ages 18 to 64 years).
  • $10 for junior (ages 14 to 17 years).


These charges reduce to $5 if a person as a CSC or a High Use Health Card.

Avoid fees by using our Monthly Medicines Service

Managing multiple medicines can be difficult, inconvenient, and costly. That’s why ZOOM Pharmacy will absorb (not charge) the prescription co-payment and shipping costs for patients who qualify for and are using the ZOOM Pharmacy Monthly Medicines Service.


Kiwis that are taking four or more regular medicines that are suitable to be packed into sachet packs may be eligible for our service. Monthly Medicines Service users get:


FREE full funded prescriptions, with FREE daily sachet packs and FREE delivery to your door.* They also get ongoing personal pharmacist support, alerts and reminders taking the stress out of managing medicines.


If you or someone you know could benefit from our service make the switch – save time, save money.

$5 co-payment will be charged

All other patients will be charged the $5 co-payment and any related shipping costs. When a patient or household reaches 20 prescription items in a year this will become free under the prescription subsidy scheme.


Patients who are ordering non-funded or part-funded medicines will be required to pay for the medicines and for shipping.


*T&Cs and eligibility criteria apply. Extra charges may still apply for non-funded or part-funded medicines, or prescriptions from private specialists.

Learn More

Find out more about prescription charges – LEARN MORE*


More information about the prescription subsidy scheme can be found here – LEARN MORE


*as of June 2024 some information on this page is yet to be updated.