Refugees and protected persons

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.

Eligibility:

Refugees and protected persons, applicants for refugee and protection status, and people appealing against refusal of refugee or protection status are eligible for publicly funded health and disability services. Victims and suspected victims of people trafficking offences are also eligible for publicly funded health and disabilty services.

The person must have:

  • applied for refugee or protection status and be awaiting a decision, OR
  • been granted refugee or protection status, OR
  • appealed to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal against refusal of refugee status and be awaiting a decision OR
  • be a victim or a suspected victim of a people trafficking offence.

Criteria: B10, B11 and B12, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

Proof of eligibility:

You will need to show your health service provider proof of your refugee or protection status. This will be:

  • a letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming that you have been recognised as a refugee or protected person, OR
  • a recent letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming that you have a current application for refugee or protection status, OR
  • a recent letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming that you have an appeal before the Immigration and Protection Tribunal for refugee or protection status OR
  • confirmation from the Police stating that the person is a victim or a suspected victim of a people trafficking offence. 

You will also need to show proof that you are the person in the letter. This might be:

  • your Refugee Travel Document issued under the Passport Act 1992, OR
  • your Certificate of Identity issued under the Immigration Act 1987.

Note: The type or length of visa held is not relevant to these criteria.   

A person whose appeal against refusal of refugee status has been declined by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal is not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services. Appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal for other reasons (eg, removal from New Zealand) do not satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Children in the care and control of people in this category are dealt with under People aged 17 years or younger.

Except for maternity services, partners of people eligible for publicly funded health and disability services must themselves meet the eligibility criteria.

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