Medical Council of New Zealand Consultation Paper Review of Fees

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25 May 2015

When the Council consulted in 2014 about an increase in the practising certificate fee, feedback received included the suggestion that we should adopt a more user pays approach to the fees we charge and therefore the income we receive.

The principle of user pays has formed the basis of the review of fees that we have undertaken. This has been applied consistently with the principles of the Auditor-General. We also want to limit cross subsidisation so that the new fee structure is fair and equitable and may withstand scrutiny of any audit process or parliamentary enquiry.

A schedule of fees (all GST exclusive) with comments/notes explaining the fee has been developed and is attached. If the Council decides, following consultation, to implement the new schedule of fees, additional annualised income of up to $1.171M would be attainable (subject to activity volumes remaining the same).