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As a foreigner living in Wellington, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

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We asked expats in Wellington if they have access to public healthcare in Wellington. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"As a foreigner living in Wellington, your access to public healthcare will depend on your visa status and the duration of your stay. If you hold a work visa valid for at least two years or a resident visa, you may be eligible for publicly funded healthcare services. New Zealand's public healthcare system provides a high standard of care, with a focus on primary healthcare services, such as general practitioners, and public hospitals. However, waiting times for non-urgent treatments can be long, and some services may require co-payments. It is recommended to have private health insurance to cover any additional costs and to access a wider range of services," said another in Wellington, New Zealand.

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