Stay well pharmacy has been running a scheme similar to this for several years but helping clients set up an automatic payment of $5 a week and generating a credit account. This has meant that clients who previously were in arrears of up to several hundred dollars were now holding significant credit and able to use the funds to pay for their prescriptions or other Unplanned purchases. We also had occasions where they could withdraw the funds at the pharmacy because they had another unexpected situation and did not have the money to pay for it.
The situation is different in Auckland ,when free prescription are provided by some Pharmacist ,who will bother to enrol in this kind of scheme.
Been doing something similar for a few years now. A select few patients pay eg $5.00 per week out of their benefit into pharmacy account.This way the patient is usually in a small credit situation. This payment covers co-payments plus pack fees. Also usually enough in credit to cover the occasional OTC purchase.
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