Thinking of heading to New Zealand? You’re not alone if you’re looking forward to the stunning landscapes and friendly, relaxed Kiwi culture. To make the most of your time there, it helps to understand things like how the healthcare system works, so you’ll know how to get help if you need it.
The healthcare system in New Zealand is made up of a mixture of public and private care. The public healthcare system offers heavily subsidised care, for anyone who is eligible. It’s often admired for its efficiency, but due to rapid population growth, it’s now got more people to deal with than ever before¹. This has led to longer waiting times and more pressure on the public services, increasing the uptake of private health insurance. Today, signing up for both public and private healthcare systems, and using them to complement each other is very popular, with over 30% of adult residents in New Zealand taking out private medical insurance.