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Treatment eligibility

No one will be refused urgent or emergency treatment.

  • New Zealand citizens or those with permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded healthcare  
  • Non-residents will not be refused treatment
  • You may be required to pay for your healthcare

People eligible for free healthcare

  • New Zealand citizens and permanent residents
  • Work permit holders here for two years or more
  • Specific categories of students
  • Refugees and asylum seekers 
  • Australian and UK citizens who become acutely unwell
  •  The eligibility team are the only people able to confirm a patient’s eligibility or costs
  • A patient’s name and date of birth may be submitted to the NZ Immigration Service to allow confirmation of their immigration status

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