Eligibility for zero fees
Your tamariki are eligible for some types of free healthcare if they are:
- aged 13 and under
- eligible for publicly funded health services
- enrolled with a family doctor or general practice.
If your tamaiti (child) is not enrolled at a general practice additional fees will apply. It it free to enrol with a family doctor. Find out how to enrol with a general practice.
People aged 17 years old or younger
You are eligible if you are 17 years old or younger, and are in the care and control of a:
- legal guardian
- person in the process of legally adopting you or becoming your legal guardian.
They must also be either:
- a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (B2 and B3)
- an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident living or planning to live in Aotearoa for 2 years or more (B6, B7)
- an interim visa holder (B4)
- an work visa holder (B5)
- refugee, protected person or victim of people trafficking (B10, B11, B12)
- a New Zealand Aid Programme student (B13)
- in the care and control of the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children.
Criteria: B16, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.
Proof of eligibility
You will need to show your healthcare provider both of the following:
- proof that you are in the care and control of a parent, guardian, or adopting parent
- proof that your parent, guardian or adopting parent is an eligible person.
You will also need to show them 1 of the following:
- your passport and proof of relationship to your parent, guardian or adopting parent
- your birth certificate (to prove your age and relationship to your parent) and supporting identity documentation
- your birth certificate (to prove your age) and proof of guardianship or that adoption is in process, and supporting identity documentation.
Examples of supporting identity documentation include:
- a drivers license
- a school or tertiary ID
- an employment contract
- a rental agreement
- letters addressed to you at your current address.
Note: Except for maternity services, partners of people eligible for publicly funded health and disability services must themselves meet the eligibility criteria.