Healthcare In New Zealand

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healthcare in new zealandGoing to a new country can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you have no idea how the systems work.

One of the most important things to know about ahead of time is the healthcare system.

The good news is that healthcare in New Zealand is exceptional.

What should I know about healthcare in New Zealand?

New Zealand has both a public and private healthcare system. They both offer high standards of care. The public system is provided free for all New Zealanders and people in New Zealand who are on a work permit which is valid for two years or longer.

Private healthcare offers access to private hospitals and helps to avoid waiting lists. Residents with private health care in New Zealand are also eligible for free public health benefits.

Will I be eligible for public health care?

When it comes to healthcare in New Zealand, it is important to understand that permanent residents are eligible. The good news is that people with a work visa which is valid for two years at the time of issue are also eligible.

What about my children?

If you are eligible for public health care in New Zealand, your eligibility also entitles your partner and children under 20 years of age to the fantastic public health care services.

What happens if I am on a work visa that’s valid for less than two years?

Unfortunately if you are on a work visa which is valid for less than two years, you will need to pay for healthcare out of your own pocket. There are however some exceptions. The good news though is that if you are in an accident, this is covered by the accident compensation scheme, ACC.

Is dentistry covered by the public health care system?

Unfortunately the answer is no, density is not covered by the public health care system. In cases of emergency dental care for low income residents, dental care may be subsidized. When it comes to children, basic dental care for children under 18 years of age is covered.

What about child health?

With regard to healthcare in New Zealand, children from birth until five years of age qualify for a free health service. This service includes free health checks, clinic visits in addition to, advice and assistance for new parents.

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