No charges for private patients as from November 2011

(Inside Aotea, August 2010)

Good news for patients referred by private specialists -- your charges for pathology tests come to an end as of November 2011.

The government has recently decided to end District Health Boards charging patients for laboratory services ordered by private specialists.

This means that when our current contract with the Wellington-region DHBs expires on 31 October, 2011, we will be able to provide pathology tests free of charge to both public and private patients.

Charges for private patients will continue, though, until that time, as specified in our existing DHB contract. Some charges will remain if not covered by DHB funding.