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Health care

Source: New Zealand Immigration Service, accessed April 2006

New Zealand’s healthcare system is widely regarded as one of the best of the OECD countries. New Zealand citizens are entitled to a wide range of free and government-subsidised healthcare, including hospital and doctor services, free public hospital treatment and free 24-hour accident and emergency clinics.

The government also funds subsidies for visits to the local doctor and prescriptions for young children, people who require frequent healthcare and those on low incomes.

Accidents happen

If we injure ourselves at work, at home, in the car, playing sport or doing any other activity, our government-legislated accident compensation scheme (ACC) helps pay for our hospital, doctor, physiotherapist or any specialist treatment.

If the injury is serious, payment will also be made to offset the loss of wages. This removes the need for us to seek redress through the courts if we get injured through the actions of others.

New Zealand health costs

  • Public hospital treatment
  • 24-hour accident and emergency (A&E) care
  • Visits to the doctor for children under six years
  • Treatment of acute or chronic medical conditions
  • Laboratory tests and X-rays
  • Healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Dental checks for school children
  • Breast cancer screening for woman aged between 45 and 69

    Subsidised :

    prescription charges:

  • NZ$15 max

  • Visit to family doctor: adult NZ$45-55

  • 6 to 17 years NZ$20
  • Visits to physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths (GP referred)

    Note: Only applies if you are a New Zealand resident.


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