Artificial eyes subsidy

The Artificial Eyes Service Payment is paid to a supplier when a patient has had an eye removed (the first artificial eye is included in the cost of the surgery).

Therefore the provision of the first artificial eye is the responsibility of the hospital at which the procedure was performed and cannot be claimed for under the subsidy for artificial eyes.

Who can claim this service payment?

The subsidy is claimable by the supplier of the artificial eye only.

How much can I claim?

Subsidies claimable (the subsidy amounts take effect as of 1 July 2022)
Age group Subsidy Other conditions
Under 6 years Full cost of the replacement (Approx $5000) Not accrued, payable up to once every two years
Children 6–17 years Full cost of the replacement(Approx $5000) Not accrued, payable up to once every three years
Adults 18 years and over $750 a year Accrued annually from the time of the loss of the eye

How do I claim?

Claims should be made to Sector Operations by the supplier, and accompanied by supporting receipts.

When will my claims be paid?

Payment will be made within 20 business days of receiving a valid claim.

Where do I send my claims?

Send all completed claims to:

Artificial Eyes Subsidy
Sector Operations
PO Box 1043
Wellington 6140

Please note: you should not rely solely on the answers provided here; the contracts applicable to each provider and all relevant legislation must be consulted to determine the full rights & liabilities applicable to any service provider or funder.

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