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Health Care in Dunedin

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Health Care in Dunedin: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

The healthcare system in Dunedin is a blend of public and private services, providing comprehensive medical care to both residents and foreigners. The public healthcare system, known as the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, is widely used and highly recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

New Zealand's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in New Zealand, governed by the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, provides free or low-cost healthcare services to all residents, including foreigners with a work visa valid for two years or more. Public hospitals in Dunedin, such as Dunedin Hospital, are well-equipped and staffed with highly trained medical professionals, making them a reliable choice for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. However, the public healthcare system can sometimes be overwhelmed, leading to long waiting times for non-emergency procedures. On the other hand, private hospitals in Dunedin, such as Mercy Hospital, offer faster service but at a higher cost. Expats and digital nomads are allowed to use both public and private healthcare systems, but they often opt for private hospitals for their convenience and speed, especially for non-emergency procedures.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Dunedin

  • Dunedin Hospital (Public) - Located in the city centre, it offers a wide range of medical services.
  • Mercy Hospital (Private) - Located in Maori Hill, it specializes in surgical care.
  • Southern Cross Hospital (Private) - Located in Andersons Bay, it offers a variety of surgical and specialist services.
  • Otago Community Hospice (Public) - Located in North East Valley, it specializes in palliative care.
In case of specialized medical care not available in Dunedin, expats often travel to larger cities like Christchurch or Wellington, which are approximately 5 and 7 hours away by car respectively.

Emergency Services in Dunedin

Ambulance services in Dunedin are provided by St John New Zealand. In case of an emergency, you can call 111 for an ambulance. The response time is generally quick, but it can sometimes be delayed in peak hours or due to traffic conditions.

Health Insurance Companies in Dunedin

Popular private health insurers in Dunedin include Southern Cross Health Society, nib, and Accuro Health Insurance. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. While some expats and digital nomads choose to use these local companies, many prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers that offer coverage in multiple countries and have more experience dealing with the unique needs of expats and digital nomads.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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