Subsidy for under 15s with poor vision

Do you have a child 15 or under who has poor vision? Well if you do they may be eligible for the Spectacle Subsidy, an initiative offered by the Ministry of Health. Through the subsidy, the Ministry of Health will pay up to $287.50 (including GST) a year towards either vision tests, glasses or eye patches. To qualify, parents/guardians need to be community services card holders or hold a high user health card. Your optometrist or eye specialist also needs to be registered as an assessor for the subsidy. To find an assessor near you please call 0800 17 1981. Find out more about the subsidy and how it works.

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