Who will the increased prescription costs most affect?
Prescription fees are to rise from $3 to $5 next year. The cost will affect the first 20 prescriptions of the year, after which they will continue to be free. $40 a year is the maximum price increase a person or family will pay when the new pricing scheme comes in.
The revenue is set to help cover a $101 million funding increase for surgery and cancer services.
NZ First MP Barbara Stewart says the changes will only serve to charge lower-income families and the elderly, while Labour's health spokeswoman Maryan Street says it will leave people with "impossible decisions" about which treatments to purchase.
Do you see any issues with raising these charges?