Can you go to a private hospital in case of Emergency?

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New Zealand has both public and private health care system.

The government-funded public health system is community-oriented and provides services through three key sectors: DHB, Primary Health Care and Primary Health Organisations. In the public health system, people with a work visa for two years or more, residents and citizens can get some basic medical services for free.

New Zealand's private health care hospitals mainly provide non-emergency and selective treatment, which is a supplement to the emergency and basic treatment of public medical systems. There are also many private clinics that typically provide services for accidents and emergency outside of the normal working hours of the public health care system.

It can be seen that public hospital is mainly responsible for the emergency services. Although some private clinics can provide emergency services, it can not be covered under health insurance. Therefore, when you choose to go to a private hospital or clinic for emergency services, you will be responsible for the related expenses.



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