Healthcare

New Zealand's comprehensive health system is built on Kiwis’ inbuilt need to see that everyone gets 'a fair go' in life.

Getting seen by a doctor is usually easy (unless you live in a small town or somewhere particularly remote), and healthcare is quite affordable.

New Zealand residents and some work visa holders benefit from a public health system that is free or low cost thanks to heavy Government subsidies. Non-residents can also use healthcare services at a cost. New Zealand residents can choose to take out medical insurance for private healthcare, although many New Zealanders do not opt for this additional cover. Non-residents should get medical insurance from their home country.

Medical staff in hospital
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Struggle with English?

If you don’t speak English and need help getting the healthcare you need, there’s a telephone interpreting service called Language Line.

For injuries resulting from an accident, treatment is free. That covers any accident, not just road crashes, and even if the person who is injured caused the accident.

For information on contacting healthcare services where you live, visit the regional section of this website.

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Page last updated: 24/10/2014

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