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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in New Zealand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 20, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in New Zealand is generally considered to be on par with the United States. New Zealand has a public health system that provides free or low-cost medical care to all citizens and permanent residents. Emergency services in New Zealand are well-developed and reliable. To call for an ambulance, dial 111 from any phone.

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How are healthcare services New Zealand?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in New Zealand, they replied:

"Healthcare services in New Zealand are provided by both public and private providers. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is free or low-cost for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. It includes primary care services such as general practitioners, community health services, and hospital services. The quality of public healthcare in New Zealand is generally high, with a focus on preventative care and access to specialist services. Foreign residents are eligible for publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand, however, they may be required to pay a fee for some services. Expats in New Zealand can use the public healthcare system, however, they may need to pay for some services. Private health insurance is also available for expats in New Zealand, which can provide access to additional services," said one expat living in New Zealand.

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