Do I have to pay for my tests?

The District Health Boards (DHBs) provide funding for laboratory testing services and many services are free for eligible patients.

Your medical practitioner will let you know if your tests are funded by the DHBs. The table below sets out the rules for publicly funded tests.

Who

Criteria

Funded

New Zealand citizens and residents

  • New Zealand citizens (including those living in the Cook Island, Niue or Tokelau) and residents

YES

EXCLUSIONS

 


Any person applying for
immigration/emigration
reasons

  • Testing for immigration/emigration or visa purposes

NO

Tests for
screening purposes

Tests for a trial or study

  • Tests that are requested on a well person devoid of symptoms and with no identifying risk factors e.g. blood group, wellness testing
  • Tests that are for, or part of a research project , a study or trial

NO

Travellers

  • Screening tests prior to travel -- e.g. Hepatitis immunity, rabies antibodies

NO

Tests for employment,
pre-employment, education and
work experience

  • Screening tests for education or work experience -- e.g. Nursing student medical
  • Health and safety testing -- e.g. lead levels, drug testing

NO

Self referred or patients
referred by other than NZ
registered doctors

  • Limited range of funded tests for midwives, smear taker, nurse practitioner

NO

People obtaining a medical
certificate, insurance
or superannuation policy

  • Where a certificate is required -- e.g. pilot or diver’s medical licence and
    insurance testing

NO

VISITORS

 


Work permit holders

  • Holds a current work permit, which together with the time the person has already been in NZ lawfully, allows for a continuous stay of at least two years
  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistants funded by Ministry of Education

YES

Refugees and applicant
refugees

  • With proof of refugee/applicant status

YES

Visitor permit holder

  • Holds a visitor's permit
  • Refer to Ministry of Health eligibility conditions for child visitors under care of an eligible parent, or pregnant partner of an eligible person

NO


YES

Australian citizens

  • As per New Zealand resident

YES

United Kingdom citizens
ordinarily resident in UK

  • Testing required for medical conditions requiring prompt attention

YES

Foreign Diplomats

  • Other than Australia / UK diplomats and their family (including their children)

NO

All persons receiving
compulsory health services

  • Compulsory treatment under TB Act 1948, Health Act 1956, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Act 1966, Mental Health Act 1992
  • Prison inmates

YES

Funded Students

  • Funded by NZAID ODA and includes partners and children

YES

Student permit holders

  • Holds a current student permit (unless studying continuously since before 29 October 2003)

NO

For more information on test funding eligibility, please visit http://www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility

Private patient test fees

On 1 November 2011 changes to Wellington SCL test fees come into effect.

  • most tests become free for private patients
  • a few tests that were previously free for general patients may incur fees
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