WHY YOU SHOULD ENROL

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When you enrol with one of our general practices, you are automatically enrolled with the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation as well.

Family greeted at a medical practice reception

This means that we will subsidise your visits to that general practice, saving you money.

It also means that you will have a family doctor at that general practice who knows your medical history, making sure you and your whanau receive the best health care for your circumstances.

You may also be able to access some other health services for free, or at a discount. SEE BELOW

Don’t wait. Act now to be ready in advance.

HOW DO I ENROL?

Simply contact one of our medical centres near your home that is accepting patients and ask to enrol.

Click on the ‘find a doctor near you’ button to see a map of their locations.

IS IT REALLY FREE TO ENROL?

Yes.

You can enrol for free and you can also enrol your children for free.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENROL?

Most people living in our area can enrol, although there are certain requirements such as being a New Zealand citizen, being a New Zealand resident, or being here on a work visa. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, ask your general practice or visit the Ministry of Health website for guidance.

HOW MANY MEDICAL CENTRES CAN I ENROL WITH?

You can only enrol with one medical centre, and if you visit another medical centre where you are not enrolled then you might have to pay more.

However, you can switch enrolment from one medical centre to another if you wish.

WHO CAN SEE MY ENROLMENT INFORMATION?

People who can see your enrolment information include some of our staff, some of the staff at your general practice and Hospital Emergency Department Doctors.

We will also send your enrolment information to the Ministry of Health so that we can obtain funding to subsidise your visits to your general practice.

The Ministry will check your details for various reasons, such as ensuring that you’re not enrolled with two general practices and making sure that you’re eligible to be enrolled.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MY ETHNICITY WHEN I ENROL?

Some ethnic groups in our community are missing out on quality health care services, and their health is lagging other groups. We are working to identify those groups so that we can ensure they get the health care they deserve.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES CARD

A Community Services Card may entitle you to other discounted services.

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HIGH HEALTH USE CARD

The High Use Health Card offers the same benefits of a Community Services Card.

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