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Offline LTtoNZ

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Access to public health care on Work Visa
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:33:53 am »
Hi all

Please can someone help.

We are here in NZ on 2 year work visa's.  Arrived 28 November 2012 - visa valid from 23 Nov 2012 until 23 Nov 2014.

My son (3) needs to have a small operation for a hernia.  The hospital sent us forms to fill in regarding eligibility for access to publicly funded health care.
We thought - no problem - we're here on 2 year work visa's, we KNOW we're eligible.  Filled in form, emailed copies of everything.
HA - they say NO, we are NOT eligible.  Because the work visa only STARTS on the day we arrive in NZ, and we are then 5 days short of 2 years!!!!!  We are completely liable for all medical bills.
I cannot believe it - I am flabberghasted at this - my husband spent ages on the phone arguing with them etc.  We cannot afford medical insurance, and certainly can't afford the medical bills.
After ALL the money we've paid INZ to get visa's etc., all the TAX we pay here, all we are still going to be paying for our PR application soon... I just feel so screwed over.
We did our research, we had our ducks in a row and yet... because of 5 days, we aren't eligible.  Something is seriously wrong here.
I just don't know what to do  :(
Job offer April 2012
Sold house May 2012
Applied for WV 15 Sept 2012
WV approved 23 Nov 2012
Arrived in NZ 30 Nov 2012
EOI selected 19 Feb 2014
ITA received 15 March 2014
ITA submitted 28 April 2014
ITA lodged 30 April 2014
CO assigned 26 May 2014 - more documents requested
Residency APPROVED 6 June

Offline Dan

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 07:05:44 am »
Sorry for hear this, but the cost of hospital care and the universal nature of New Zealand's public health system is precisely why District Health Board apply incredibly strict criteria. New Zealand does provide services on a reimbursement basis to Australians, but that is on a reciprocal basis.

I don't think New Zealand has a reciprocal arrangement with South Africa.

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 07:05:44 am »

Offline ZaKiwi

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 07:42:16 am »
Sad to say it but you got caught out with the small print.

You are actually not eligible.  You can check www.health.govt.nz for details on eligibility.
http://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/eligibility-publicly-funded-health-services/guide-eligibility-publicly-funded-health-services-0/work-visa-holder-eligible-be-nz-two-years-or-more

If you where in NZ when you got your work Visa, say on a visitors Visa then you are still eligible:
"entitles you to remain in New Zealand for a specified period of time which, together with the period of time you have already been lawfully in New Zealand (ie. on other visas/permits), allows for a total continuous stay of at least two years"

Where there is a query or a dispute about a person’s eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services, the Ministry of Health may be asked to make a determination of that person’s eligibility.  eligibility@moh.govt.nz
http://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/eligibility-publicly-funded-health-services/resources-service-providers-check-eligibility/determination-eligibility
« Last Edit: September 17, 2013, 08:29:39 am by ZaKiwi »

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 08:58:40 am »
Thanks ZaKiwi

Yep we sure did get caught out by the small print, as you say.

It means that, had we arrived on visitor's visa and rather looked for jobs (cowboy style), we'd be eligible and covered.
But having gone about things the correct way, and arriving with job offer and work visa's in hand, we now miss out.  Seems a bit unfair.

Thanks very much for that link to determination of eligibility - we'll definitely follow course and ask them to look at our situation.

Job offer April 2012
Sold house May 2012
Applied for WV 15 Sept 2012
WV approved 23 Nov 2012
Arrived in NZ 30 Nov 2012
EOI selected 19 Feb 2014
ITA received 15 March 2014
ITA submitted 28 April 2014
ITA lodged 30 April 2014
CO assigned 26 May 2014 - more documents requested
Residency APPROVED 6 June

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 09:18:09 am »
I am so sorry to hear about that. Things in NZ are so expensive, so I can imagine how bad this must be. I dread even the simple visits to the doctor here. I hope you guys get out of this mess!
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Offline LTtoNZ

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 09:32:05 am »
Thanks Yusuf
Ja it's a huge blow - we have 4 little kids, and without PR, we don't receive the tax credits as yet - so financially for us it's so hard as is.  And yet we're contributing tax payers just like everyone else - makes no sense to me :(  This is the reason why we arranged a TWO year work visa - to be covered by the health system, instead of a 1 year.
Anyway, we're raising a dispute, however I doubt it'll help, they say on their webpage that they will not deviate from their rules.
Job offer April 2012
Sold house May 2012
Applied for WV 15 Sept 2012
WV approved 23 Nov 2012
Arrived in NZ 30 Nov 2012
EOI selected 19 Feb 2014
ITA received 15 March 2014
ITA submitted 28 April 2014
ITA lodged 30 April 2014
CO assigned 26 May 2014 - more documents requested
Residency APPROVED 6 June

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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 09:47:51 am »
Good luck to you  :hug:
05/03/13 Final decision NZ WILL be our future home!
19/3 Got a 'bite' now to hook it
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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 10:53:17 am »
Hi LTtoNZ
When you say you can receive tax credits for having 4 children. Which tax credits would that be? Is that under Working for Families so depending on your income or is that you get a tax rebate?
EOI Submission - December 2010
EOI Selected - December 2010
ITA Received - December 2010
Awaiting Police Clearance
ITA Submitted - 03 March 2011
PR Interview - 15 March 2011
PR Approved - 18 March 2011
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Re: Access to public health care on Work Visa
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 10:56:02 am »
Hi Siouxzee

I'm talking about the Working for Families yes - income dependent.
Job offer April 2012
Sold house May 2012
Applied for WV 15 Sept 2012
WV approved 23 Nov 2012
Arrived in NZ 30 Nov 2012
EOI selected 19 Feb 2014
ITA received 15 March 2014
ITA submitted 28 April 2014
ITA lodged 30 April 2014
CO assigned 26 May 2014 - more documents requested
Residency APPROVED 6 June