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Why you want to be eligible to benefit from New Zealand’s Healthcare and Education

For years now migrants have cited many excellent reasons for making New Zealand their number one country of choice.

Why You Want To Be Eligible To Benefit From New Zealand’S Healthcare And Education

Besides a stable political climate, continued economy growth, low unemployment rates – and as a direct spin off low crime rates – the country offers a general improvement in the migrant’s lifestyle, set against a breath-taking backdrop of natural beauty and with access to some of the world’s top medical and educational systems.

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We took a look at what migrants can expect from New Zealand’s Healthcare system and their award-winning educational system.

Healthcare

The good news is that depending on the type of visa you have, you may or may not be eligible for medical treatment in New Zealand’s public health system. Those on migrant work visas of two years’ duration or more should be covered. Check your eligibility on the Ministry of Health site.

No matter what, you will be treated in a public hospital in an emergency. Perhaps make a note that 111 is the Kiwi version of 10111.

New Zealanders, just like many South Africans, also take out health insurance, particularly to avoid long waiting periods in the public system. As is the case in South Africa there are two main types of health insurance: comprehensive, which covers both hospital treatment and everyday medical costs, such as GP or physiotherapist visits; and elective surgical and specialist care cover, which takes care of hospital bills, but not other medical treatment.

Prepare for a monthly premium is of between NZ$ 40 and NZ$ 100, depending on your age and cover needs.
Dental treatment is free for children under 18, but adults must pay for private treatment.

Education

In New Zealand, children must attend school from age 6 to 16, but most start at age 5. Primary school runs through to year 6 (age 10), then children attend intermediate school for years 7 and 8, before going on to secondary school for years 9 to 13. Intermediate schooling might be in a separate school, a primary school or a secondary school. Secondary schools are sometimes called high schools, grammar schools or colleges.

Expect to pay a voluntary contribution to the school. This ranges up to NZ$ 800 a year, and depends on the “decile ranking” of the school, which indicates where it sits on the socioeconomic scale. These “voluntary” fees can be as much as NZ$ 4,000 in integrated schools, which are former private schools that are now part of the state system.

Considering all you options and making sure that you are well informed about what to expect of the process of immigrating to New Zealand is a job for immigration specialists. Consult with an experienced and qualified immigration consultant before you pack your bags for New Zealand.

A registered migration officer will also be able to determine the likelihood of a successful New Zealand visa application, while keeping you informed of your application’s status throughout the process.

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A good migration agent is likely to put you into contact with people, organizations and services that will help you and your family with your orientation period as you first set foot in New Zealand and offer you assistance and advice about settling into the Kiwi lifestyle.

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