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Free health checks for children under 14

Your child’s health will be checked regularly while they grow.

Doctor’s visits for children under 14

Children under 14 can get:

  • free visits to the doctor they’re enrolled with — nearly every GP offers free visits, but it’s wise to check first
  • free prescriptions — there’s no charge for standard prescriptions, although you may have to pay for some medicines or extra services
  • free after-hours care for urgent medical needs — ask your own GP or local pharmacist where to go for this service.

Visiting a doctor

Dental care under 18

Children get basic free dental treatment until they turn 18.

Dental care if you’re under 18

Health checks for under 5s

Well Child/Tamariki Ora is a free service for all children under 5. You’ll get:

  • free health checks from a nurse or registered health practitioner

  • information on protecting and improving your child’s health and development

  • a book to track your child’s progress and health record.

Well Child/Tamariki Ora services are provided by agencies like Plunket. Your lead maternity carer can help you choose a Well Child provider in your area.

Well Child/Tamariki Ora

Plunket can help with:

  • sleeping
  • breastfeeding
  • growth
  • development
  • behaviour.

Plunket visits

All families are offered newborn metabolic screening for their baby. This tests for rare but life threatening disorders when a baby’s between 48 and 72 hours old.

Newborn metabolic screening programme

All families are offered hearing screening for their baby by the time they’re a month old.

Universal newborn hearing screening programme 

B4 School Check is a free health check for 4-year-olds, to check they’re ready for school. They’ll be checked for any concerns with:

  • health
  • behaviour
  • social development
  • communication
  • sight and hearing.

B4 School Check

Who to contact for more help

If you need more help or have questions about the information or services on this page, contact the following agency.

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