Care Plus Program
In 2021 a regional review of the Care Plus Program was undertaken. Primarily it had been utilised as a tool to reduce Patient Co-Payments for routine visits. This funding has been reprioritised according to National Guidelines to target those patients who require increased or more intensive input from their multidisciplinary team. A key component of the Program is the Care Plan, which is a patient focused plan to determine what the patient’s goals are and how we can help the patient meet those goals. There will be ongoing routine follow up that is supplementary to the routine visits. This can be provided through the GP, Nurse and our clinical pharmacist.
From August 2021 Care Plus visits will change accordingly:
· A Care Plan will be created for the patient on enrolment in the program and this will be free of charge. This is different to your normal health needs and focuses on what is important to you – the patient.
· Regular care plus reviews will be undertaken to meet the goals of the care plan. This work supplements and is extra to the routine review you normally have with your doctor. When undertaken by the GP there will be a $5 reduction in the normal consultation fee and with the nurse or clinical pharmacist it will be free*.
This is an exciting program designed to be more proactive and focused on prevention of illness. You can find more information at
*Please note that repeat prescriptions will incur a normal cost as these are not covered by the Care Plus Program.
If you are newly diagnosed with COPD OR are a community services card holder OR in the last 12 months have been in hospital with COPD then you may be eligible for our free COPD program which provides follow up care and funded immunisation against pneumococcal disease which causes pneumonia. Contact our practice nurses to find out more.
Prediabetes/Impaired Glucose Tolerance
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes and your Hba1c is between 45-49 you may be eligible (Màori, Pasifika or Asian eithnicity OR are a community services card holder) for our funded program which tries to prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes. Contact our practice nurses to find out more.