OneNews 16 May 2014
Parents are the big winners from yesterday’s budget with the Government announcing a half a billion dollars for family packages.
Paid parental leave has gone from 14 to 18 weeks, and children under 13 will now be able to benefit from free doctors’ visits and prescription .
Giselle Irvan, who has three children under 13 including twins, says free doctors’ visits will be a huge saving for her family.
“In spring when everybody’s sick often all three of them will have to go to the doctors just for the one week,” says Ms Irvan.
She says she’s glad the Government made such a “sensible offer” to New Zealand families, though she hopes the age of free doctors’ visits will be extended in the future.
“Hopefully in the future it will go up to 18 so that teenagers can potentially go to the doctors independently.”
First-time mum Ingrid May now has two things to look forward to, with free doctors’ visits for her baby Harry and the opportunity to spend more time at home if she decides to have another child in the future.