What does it cost to see a GP?

Some practices are government funded at a higher level than others, based on their population and the level of fees the practice charges. There are three levels of funding:

  • interim
  • low cost access
  • very low cost access.

Very low cost access practices have agreed to keep their fees at or below a low-fee threshold. They receive an extra funding allowance from the government for doing this.

The fee information on this website is for a standard GP consultation.

A standard GP consultation is a consultation with a general practitioner for a standard length of time within normal business hours. It may include any normal tests or examinations carried out as part of that consultation.

Standard consultation fees for enrolled patients

Fees vary by funding type and the age of the patient.

Practices may charge extra for:

  • accounts not paid on the day of consultation
  • longer consultations or additional services provided
  • patients who are not enrolled with them (casual patients)
  • after hours consultations.

Standard consultation fees are listed in Find a practice.

If you are enrolled with one practice and visit another as a casual patient, you will pay a higher fee for that visit. So, if you attend more than one practice you should consider enrolling with the practice you visit most often.

Community Services Card

The Community Services Card can help you and your family with the costs of healthcare. You'll pay less on some health services and prescriptions simply by showing your card. Learn more about Community Services Cards on the Work and Income website.

Prescription subsidy card

Manatū Hauora has a prescription subsidy card scheme to help reduce the costs of medicines for those who have paid for 20 prescription medicine items from 1 February each year.

Manatū Hauora: Visiting a doctor or nurse

Manatū Hauora has information on what you can expect when you visit a doctor or nurse.