Year in Review: New Zealanders are getting more medicine

The graph below shows that over the last 10 years the number of medicines (volume index) and the variety of medicines (mix index) have increased, meaning we are seeing more, and varied, medicines in New Zealand.

At the same time, the cost of medicines (the cost index) has increased but the actual price paid (the subsidy index) has decreased. This demonstrates that PHARMAC is getting more medicines for less money.