Help from other organisations
There are many other organisations that can help you with health and transport costs and general wellbeing
Help with health costs
Health and Disability Support Services
This assistance includes support such as helping with bathing, meal preparation or modifications to your home so you can continue living there.
If you’re the main carer for another person, you may be able to get help to take a break.
For more information contact your local District Health Board (in your phone book).
Healthline is a free, 24-hours telephone health advice service which lets you talk confidentially to a registered nurse anytime you need to.
Phone Healthline on 0800 611 116
High Use Health Card (also known as High User Card)
This card is for people who go to the doctor on a regular basis (a minimum of 12 times in 12 months). Please talk to your doctor if you think you may qualify for this card.
Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card
If you need a lot of prescriptions each year, you may qualify for a Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card.
Talk to your pharmacist or visit the Ministry of Health website: www.health.govt.nz for more information.
Seniorline (information about independence or finding care)
Seniorline is a national service providing information on how to get help to stay at home and relief care for caregivers. They also have information on rest homes and private hospitals, help to find care, funding and the services that should be provided.
Hearing Aid Subsidy
If you need a hearing aid/s the Ministry of Health may be able to help with this cost.
There are two types of assistance. Depending on your circumstances and type of hearing loss, you may be able to get help from one of these schemes.
Hearing Aid Funding Scheme
There are a number of requirements you need to meet to qualify for this and you may need to complete an income and asset test.
For more information visit www.health.govt.nz/publication/guide-getting-hearing-aids-hearing-aid-funding-scheme
Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme
If you don’t qualify to have your hearing aid paid for under the funding scheme, you may be able to get a subsidy. This isn’t income or asset tested.
For more information visit www.health.govt.nz/publication/guide-getting-hearing-aids-hearing-aid-subsidy-scheme
Home insulation funding
If you’re a homeowner (including landlords) and your house was built before the year 2000 you may be able to get help to insulate your home.