Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.
Foreign diplomats and their family members are not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services unless injured in an accident.
The Government they’re representing is responsible for covering their health costs. They may receive medical care in the public health system but must pay for all medical and associated costs.
Foreign diplomats and their family members requiring acute care will receive it, and will later be invoiced for the services received.
Foreign diplomats and their family members seeking elective services through the public health system will be treated only where there is capacity beyond meeting the needs of the eligible population. Provision of treatment is decided on a case-by-case basis, by the treating District Health Board. In some cases, payment may be sought in advance. Further information about acute and elective services are available in the Hospitals and specialist care section.
Foreign diplomats and their family members are covered under the accident compensation scheme and may receive medical treatment under the public system as the result of an accident, including motor vehicle accidents. Foreign diplomats may be eligible for publicly funded health care in situations where they otherwise meet the eligibility requirements of the 2011 Direction. This also applies to Consular and Official staff, and their family members.
Please refer any queries to Protocol Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington.