Health insurance is designed to assist you meeting the financial costs associated with certain health service like hip replacement, knee replacement, cataract removal, heart surgery, hysterectomy, cancer treatments, MRI scans etc.
The public health system has never funded all the health needs of New Zealanders. This is true for many areas of health, such as doctor's visits, prescription costs, and non-urgent surgery where people have queued on wait lists, often for operations they were never going to receive. The public health system's waiting lists have now been replaced by a booking system which makes it clearer that there are surgical needs which not be met from the public purse.
By 2025 there are projected to be more New Zealanders 75 or over than teenagers. As the population ages there may be less taxable income and less money for Health System. This has obvious implications for access to the public health system.
Anyone between the ages of 0 & 70 who is either a New Zealand Citizen or a permanent resident is eligible to avail private health insurance. In certain cases where work permit holder residing in New Zealand for more than 2 years are also eligible for private medical insurance. Please contact us for further details on 0508 467 872.
Demand for elective procedure is on the increase. Table shows an example of the increase experienced by one health insurer between 1990-91 and 1999-00.
Many people believe they can afford to pay for private surgery if they need it but do they know how much surgery and test really costs
|Cardiac bypass||Heart surgery||$36,100|
|Excision of cancerous tumor||$1,800|
|Radical mastectomy||Breast cancer surgery||$7,500|
|Laparoscopic cholecystectomy||Gall bladder surgery||8,600|
|Total hip replacement||Surgery||$25,000|
|Total knee replacement||Surgery||$24,000|
|Cataract removal||Eye surgery||$3,900|