Emergency services

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.


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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