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Thread: Information about how much it costs to visit a doctor (GP) in NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgee View Post
    Am I completely wrong in believing that the GP should have at least given us the chance to choose between public and private healthcare?
    No, I don't think you are wrong - that's what I think, too.

    Here's a link to a list of what healthcare services are free, and which you have to pay for: http://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/healthcare~279.html

    Under the public system, essential heath care is provided free to all residents. This means that while some routine services, such as visits to doctors and dentists have to be paid for, more costly services, such as hospital treatment are available free to all residents.

    Publicly funded health services include:

    • Free public hospital treatment
    • Free 24-hour accident and emergency treatment at public hospital clinics
    • Subsidies on medicines and prescription items
    • Subsidised fees for visits to General Practitioners (GPs)
    • Subsidised fees for specialist care
    • Free or subsidised health care for those suffering acute or chronic medical conditions
    • Free x-rays and most laboratory tests, except at privately operated clinics
    • No charge for health care during pregnancy and childbirth unless you prefer to use the private sector
    • Free breast screening for women between 45 and 69
    • Subsidies for children under six for visits to the GP and for prescriptions
    • Government-funded accident compensation (ACC), which applies to everyone, including visitors to the country.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Super_BQ View Post
    If I was in your situation, my preference would be to go to a private clinic because the public ones already run at poor service of care.
    Another ridiculous over-generalisation, Super_BQ.

    In the last few months I have had a couple of appointments with a consultant, ultrasound scans, an MRI scan, blood transfusions, and major abdominal surgery, all of which were publicly funded apart from one ultrasound scan that I opted to go private for. The waiting times for the publicly funded treatment have been frustrating at times, but the standard of care I have received has been fantastic. However, the only time I went private, for one of the ultrasound scans, I was seen by a trainee, and it turned out that they managed to miss a (thankfully benign) tumour the size of an orange. So that was a waste of $250. In addition, my MRI scan was performed at a private clinic, but the cost was publicly funded. That clinic really gave me the runaround, and when I finally got an appointment I was kept waiting for well over an hour, and they didn't change the sheets or pillow on the scanner between patients. I'd have been really cross if I had paid the $1000 cost of that scan myself.

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    I'm here on a WHV appliying for PR but on the mean time I need to pay for my own health insurance.

    Does any of you know how much would it be to go to an specialist (gynecologist) and if I need a referral?

    I'm trying to find out this info on the net but can't seem to get to the right place...

    Thanks!

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    Nice info..all consolidated

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    The " Waikato DHB " link does not work !

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    That IS rather an old post! Googling gives this website, which opens. http://www.waikatodhb.health.nz/

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    Any idea if a visitor ( on 6 months visa) register to GP

    Else what would be the approx charges if a visitor has to go to a doctor ( gp) ?

    Cheers

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    This from 2012 is the only article I've been able to find that gives actual figures for the cost of the consultation. Then, any prescription will need to be paid for, and the medication at the pharmacy will cost you more than it would for someone who is registered. (If you were seriously ill and had to be hospitalized, this would be free, however. And accidents come under the ACC scheme, also free.)

    You won't be eligible to register to be seen by a GP under the NZ Health Service. This is only available to people with a minimum of 2 years' on a work visa or visas, or residence. It's advisable to get private health insurance to cover the time you are going to be in NZ.

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    These are useful info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie2018new View Post
    These are useful info.
    Please notice that you are answering an OLD thread, with my last post above dating from September 2015. Do check up-to-date websites before assuming the information is still the same.

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