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    Hi there, me and my partner have got residence visas and are heading out to NZ at the end of August. We're planning to travel a bit first and I just wandered if we need to get health insurance or whether, as we've got residence visas that we're covered by the health service?

    Any assistance appreciated...

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    Me too!

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    This is the Ministry of Health's guide to Eligibility fo Publicly Funded Health Services. You have to dig around to get where you want to go, but I hope you find some answers in there if you use the links provided. Basically though, if you have PR (or a long term work permit) you should be entitled to subsidised health care. Health care in NZ is not usually free of charge, but having PR does get you something off the full price you would normally pay as a non-resident.
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    thanks motherbear, I'll check it out!

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    If you have residency you are covered day 1 as soon as you arrive. You may want to contact the local health board of wherever you are going to live to get a GP (general practitioner) assigned but not required. Then if you ever need anything you will already be registered in the computer and on the radar.
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