Emergency services

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.

Eligibility:

Anyone may receive publicly funded services during or as the result of an emergency (eg, natural disaster, act of terrorism), if:

  • the services are required as the result of an emergency, AND
  • the services are necessary to address health risks to the person or other persons.

"Emergency" has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.

Criteria: B24, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

Note: The Government strongly recommends that people in New Zealand who are not eligible for publicly funded health services hold comprehensive travel insurance, including health insurance.

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