Health Care in New Zealand

New Zealand Health Care System

Who is covered?  

All permanent residents have access to a broad range of health and disability services that are largely publicly financed through general taxes. As of November 2012, 4.45 million New Zealand residents were eligible for publicly funded health services. Nonresidents, such as tourists and illegal immigrants, are charged the full cost for services provided by public hospitals or primary medical care providers, unless their health needs are the result of an accident, in which case they are covered by New Zealand’s no-fault accident compensation scheme.

For more information, read a Commonwealth Fund profile of the New Zealand health care system.


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