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 very 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. 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 can also use healthcare services at a cost, but should get medical insurance from their home country.

There is an informative video about the whole New Zealand health system on the website below. It explains what to expect and how to get the healthcare you need. The video is presented in English, Chinese, Hindi and Mandarin.

NZ Health and disability system | Your Local Doctor 

Medical staff in hospital
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Struggle with English?

If you do not speak English and need help getting the healthcare you need, call the telephone interpreting service 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 Our regions and cities on this website.

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Page last updated: 26/11/2018

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