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Health related assistance

How you may qualify for financial assistance related to medical care, including information on subsidy cards.

General assistance

You may qualify for financial assistance related to the following examples:

  • doctors visits
  • prescriptions
  • medical and health related travel
  • ambulance fees
  • power, gas and heating
  • dentures, glasses or hearing aids

Assistance for other needs may also be available on a case by case basis. More information is available on the Work and Income website.


Medical alarms paid through disability allowance

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has undertaken an open, competitive selection process for determining which medical alarm suppliers will be accredited to supply monitored medical alarms paid through Disability Allowance.


Community Services Card

A Community Services Card can be used for discounts on a variety of medical, dental and visual (optometry) services.

More information on how this discount card can help you is available on the Work and Income website.


Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card

If you fill prescriptions often and you don’t qualify for a Community Services Card, you may be able to get a Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card. To find out more about this card, please talk with your pharmacist or visit the Ministry of Health website.


High Use Health Card

If you visit your doctor often for an ongoing medical condition and don’t qualify for a Community Services Card, you may be to get a High Use Health Card. To find out more about this card, please talk with your doctor. Further information is available on the Ministry of Health website.


Disability Allowance

You may qualify for a regular Disability Allowance payment if you have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability. Some examples of costs include:

  • visits to the doctor or hospital
  • medication
  • gardening and lawn mowing costs
  • medical alarm rental and monitoring
  • podiatry
  • travel.

A Disability Allowance may also help with a range of other costs.  Further information is available on the Work and Income website.


Hearing aids

Hearing Aid Subsidy for SuperGold cardholders

From 1 October 2010, a hearing aid subsidy of $511.11 (GST inclusive) will be available for SuperGold Card holders who are 65 years and over. The hearing aid subsidy is available once every six years, and will be available for the purchase of new aids after your existing subsidy term has expired.

Health and disability services for older people are funded by the Ministry of Health. From 1 July 2011 Accessable is the new national provider for the management of hearing aid services (previously provided by Enable NZ). For more information about the hearing aid subsidy please contact Accessable at Freephone 0508 001 002. 

Other help

You may also be able to get some help with the cost of a hearing aid through an advance of your New Zealand Superannuation or benefit.


War veterans' hearing aid grant

You may be eligible for a hearing aid grant provided by Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand if you are a war veteran. 

For more information on this grant, please go to Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand.


Home help

If you require assistance with household tasks, you may be able to get help from Work and Income or your District Health Board. 

If you need home help due to medical reasons, please talk to your doctor about arranging a needs assessment.