Health Care in the New ZealandThere are a few considerations to be taken when moving country and at the forefront of your mind will be yours and your loved ones health. New Zealand runs a successful healthcare system made up of both public and private sectors. Healthcare is readily available to any resident of the country and to people with a work permit of a minimum of two years.
Public Health CareThe New Zealand public healthcare system is heavily subsidised by the Government and provides a wide range of medical facilities for residents at reasonable prices. Some of these facilities include:
- Most laboratory tests and X-Rays are free excluding private clinics
- Free healthcare during pregnancy, from the diagnosis to the pre and post natal care of mother and child.
- GP's referral to the hospital for treatment
- Free breast screening for women aged 50-64
- Hospital beds and treatments including 24 hours in Accident and Emergency
Private HealthcareSixty per cent of people in New Zealand choose to supplement public healthcare with private. Private healthcare could reduce sometimes a six month waiting list for procedures.
There is a big market in private healthcare in New Zealand but of course you will have to pay for this service.
The cost of private healthcare varies with different premiums and policies but it is important to check around several different healthcare providers and insurers to get the best possible deal. These can be found under "medical insurance" within the yellow pages.