Hospitals provide specialist healthcare services depending on what you need. You can visit them in an emergency with an urgent illness or injury, or get planned care through a referral or by visiting a private hospital.
Public hospitals provide free or low cost emergency and non-urgent care to many people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Find a public hospital in your area.
Private hospitals are run by non-government organisations. They provide the facilities for planned, non-urgent services, for example scans or surgeries. You, ACC, or your insurance company cover the cost or private care.
Emergency departments (EDs) treat people who have a serious illness or injury that needs urgent care.