A number of companies offer private health insurance that cover costs in the private system. You can decide how much coverage you want and what types of services you want to be covered for. Keep in mind that you must be entitled to publicly funded health care in order to purchase most private health insurance in New Zealand. There are a number of services that are not publicly funded, and these are different from country to country. Since none of the reciprocal agreements offer full coverage, travellers should purchase comprehensive travel insurance, including health insurance. New Zealand has entered into a mutual health agreement (external link) with the United Kingdom regarding the provision of urgent medical care for emergencies that occur during the United Kingdom. The agreement applies to all persons who normally live and who are national citizens, regardless of nationality, and treatment is granted on the same terms as residents of the United Kingdom. Publicly funded health and disability services Department of Health If you are eligible, you can get free or subsidized health and disability services in New Zealand. This means ensuring that you have adequate travel and health insurance to cover your stay in these places. For more information on the UK health system, visit the Ministry of Health website (external link). To access these services, you must register with an NHS General Practitioner. At least 8 weeks before your trip, you will find the latest country health mentions from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country page provides information on vaccine recommendations, current health risks or outbreaks, as well as fact sheets on staying abroad.
Instructions are also available through NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website. The private health care system gives you control of when and where you are being treated for health problems. You are also usually able to choose the doctor, specialist or hospital you prefer. (2) Note that the United Kingdom considers “temporary stay” to be a stay of up to six months. New Zealanders travelling to the UK for more than six months will continue to have access to the National Health Service, but will be required to pay a health supplement for immigration issues from 6 April 2016 as part of their visa application. For more information, please visit the www.gov.uk website. For information on what to do if you think you have a coronavirus while you are in New Zealand, check out the health information in the Coronavirus section. You pay a reduced fee if you register with a firm.
You can only register if you are entitled to publicly funded health services. Note: Reciprocal health agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: the agreements do not cover repatriation costs to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. You may be entitled to the New Zealand public health system, for which the government pays most of the costs.