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    HI
    I was hoping someone could offer some advice.
    I am moving to NZ in May on a working holiday visa. I have ongoing medical needs and currently take a number of prescription drugs. My GP can provide me enough for 3months but after that I will need to get these prescribed from a NZ GP.

    What is the cost of prescriptions?
    Does the cost vary depending on the brand?
    If so where can I find out what the monthly cost would be for me?
    As the chances are that I will be travelling around the country, so am I going to have difficulty getting a prescription not having a consistant GP?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated or any websites that I can look at.
    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Kate

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    Hi Kate,

    Most GP's will allow casual patients, but other than that most cities have emergency clinics (kind of like private hostpitals) which offer walk-in GP care. On a working holiday visa, you are not entitled to subsidised care so will pay full GP prices and prescription prices - although not all GP's and Pharmacies will check your immigration status! Costs will vary depending on brand, generic medicines are always cheaper than brand medicines, even though they are usually made in the same place!

    You can find out all about New Zealand prescriptions and Pharmacy medicines on the Governments Pharmac website: Welcome to PHARMAC
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    If you are from the UK, I think you may be able to take advantage of subsidised medications. A GP I visited last time I was in NZ told me this. There is a reciprocal agreement between Britain and New Zealand to enable citizens of either country to enjoy (subject to certain conditions) the benefits of the National Health Services of the other country if permanently or temporarily resident. You would have to pay to see a GP and this can be anything up to $55-60 or more, I believe, depending on where you go. You could take a look at this :

    Medical services in New Zealand

    Under a separate health agreement, UK nationals who live in the UK and are on short-term visits to New Zealand are eligible for immediately necessary healthcare under the health system on the same terms as citizens of New Zealand. They should show their UK passport.

    If the treatment relates to an existing medical condition, then a medical specialist must agree that it is needed to stop the condition getting seriously worse if it is to be treated under the agreement. If a new condition arises, the medical specialist must agree that you require the treatment promptly. In both cases, the need for treatment must arise during your visit.

    You will have to pay the same charges as New Zealanders pay (e.g. for treatment at a doctor’s surgery or prescribed medicines). Routine checks for existing conditions are not normally provided under the agreement. Also, you are not covered for any medical treatment you go to New Zealand specifically to receive.


    I'm not sure how continuing medical care for ongoing and existing issues are dealt with though. They seem to see that in a different light to medical conditions that arise while you're in NZ and you may not be covered under the reciprocal agreement.

    If you're bringing medication with you, maybe consider getting a letter from your GP stating that you are authorised to take it, so there aren't any complications with Customs when entering the country.
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    Thanks for your advice I really appreciate it!!

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    Aaargh! Don't mention the word 'advice' . As unlicensed immigration consultants, we're not legally authorised to give advice, only to point you in the right direction with the aid of links, passing on information or personal experience. It's a tricky path to tread as it's only too easy to stray into dangerous territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post
    As unlicensed immigration consultants
    You're not an immigration consultant, let alone an unlicensed one! You're just a mine of information Publicly available information!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
    You're not an immigration consultant, let alone an unlicensed one!
    Doh! No, of course I'm not . Visions of grandeur . I just had the words 'immigration consultant' on my mind and threw it down in the wrong context. I'm just a plain old Mother Bear who skulks around the Internet digging up immigration bits and pieces that may (or may not) be useful to someone.
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