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    Patients told: Prove you're a Kiwi
    By Martin Johnston
    5:30 AM Saturday Jan 1, 2011

    Health authorities are demanding that all patients produce proof they are New Zealanders or have residency.

    The move is a crackdown on ineligible foreigners wrongly being given non-urgent treatment at taxpayers' expense.

    Patients using health board or any other taxpayer-funded health and disability services are being sent letters asking them for a New Zealand birth certificate or passport - or other proof of eligibility - to show they are entitled to the service.

    Those who can't produce the proof are told they will have to foot the bill themselves.

    Millions of dollars are now spent on patients who do not qualify for state-funded care.

    Tim Holt of New Lynn is one of many patients who have received the letter. His came from the Waitemata District Health Board, and he is refusing to comply.

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    DHBs want access to migrant details
    By Martin Johnston
    5:30 AM Monday Jan 10, 2011

    Health chiefs are demanding faster action on improved access to state immigration records, so they can stop haranguing patients to prove they are New Zealanders.

    A data-sharing system is being developed to check if patients are eligible to be enrolled in state-funded primary health organisations, but no decisions have been made on a similar set-up for district health boards' own patients.

    The Waitemata DHB's chief financial officer, Rosalie Percival, said that if it could electronically look at Immigration New Zealand's database, it wouldn't have to ask patients themselves to prove they were eligible for state-funded health and disability services.

    It was frustrating, she said, for New Zealand citizens to have to provide proof, particularly if they were already receiving services from other state agencies.

    Under orders from the Health Ministry, DHBs are cracking down on eligibility, asking patients to demonstrate entitlement by sending in a copy of their New Zealand passport or other documentary proof, or risk being billed. The policy is that acutely unwell patients are treated first and asked later, while people seeking non-urgent care are asked before assessment or treatment.

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