Health care services

Health care services include hospital and specialists, and visiting the doctor or dentist. Find out about these and other health services available in New Zealand.

In this section

  • Services and information available for help with an alcohol or drug problem. Read more
  • Care Plus is aimed at people with chronic health conditions, serious medical or mental health needs, or terminal illness. It ensures you get effective, quality care at a low cost. Read more
  • Call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for health advice and information. Read more
  • A 24/7 Earthquake Support Line is run by the National Telehealth Service. Read more
  • A Health Passport is designed for people with disabilities or complex needs – it contains the information you want health workers to know about supporting you. Read more
  • If your child has a hearing loss, finding it early is good for their language, learning and social development. Find out about the free hearing checks available for your child. Read more
  • Learn about hospital and specialist services, including when to visit an emergency department and information on travel assistance. Read more
  • A number of Māori health providers are contracted to district health boards throughout Aotearoa – find a provider in your area. Read more
  • Find out about accessing mental health services, including helpline numbers and what to do in an emergency. Read more
  • Learn about palliative care – care for a person who has a life-limiting illness (one that cannot be cured and may at some time result in the person dying). Read more
  • Ring PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 if you need advice about child health or parenting. Read more
  • Find out about support services to help older people keep well and remain independent, and about certification and audit of rest homes. Read more
  • The Ministry of Health funds free vision checks for children. If your child has a vision problem, finding it early is good for their learning and development. Read more
  • Learn about enrolling with a family doctor (or ‘general practitioner’ – GP) or nurse, what you’ll pay, what happens with your medical records and more Read more
  • Learn about the services offered by dentists, which services are publicly funded, and how to access emergency dental care. Read more
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