Patient Info » Enrolment
The Ministry of Health requires us to offer enrolment to all our eligible, registered patients. Enrolling with Doctors on Riccarton means that you nominate our practice team as your regular healthcare provider in order to gain benefits which include cheaper doctors visits and reduced costs on prescription medicines.
While enrolment is voluntary, should you decline to enrol or are ineligible, we will not be able to offer you any government subsidies and you will be charged our higher, casual patient fee.
Am I eligible to enrol?
You are eligible to enrol provided you are a New Zealand Citizen or you fulfil the eligibility criteria for being ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
You are eligible to enrol if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:
- I am a New Zealand citizen OR
- I hold a resident visa or a permanent resident visa (or a residence permit if issued before December 2010) OR
- I am an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident AND able to show I have been in New Zealand or intend to stay in New Zealand for at least 2 consecutive years OR
- I have a work visa/permit and can show that I am able to be in New Zealand for at least 2 years continuously (previous permits included provided they are continuous) OR
- I am an interim visa holder who was eligible immediately before my interim visa started OR
- I am a refugee or protected person OR in the process of applying for, or appealing refugee or protection status, OR a victim or suspected victim of people trafficking OR
- I am under 18 years and in the care and control of a parent/legal guardian/adopting parent who meets one criterion in the above clauses OR
- I am 18 or 19 years old and can demonstrate that, on the 15 April 2011, I was the dependant of an eligible work permit holder OR
- I am a NZ Aid Programme student studying in NZ and receiving Official Development Assistance funding (or their partner or child under 18 years old) OR
- I am participating in the Ministry of Education Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship scheme OR
- I am a Commonwealth Scholarship holder studying in NZ and receiving funding from a New Zealand university under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Fund.
What do you need to do?
If you choose to enrol you need to complete an Enrolment Form. This is not the same as a Registration Form. All patients, enrolled and casual, need to fill in a registration form when you first consult with one of our healthcare providers. This is so we can record your basic details in our computer system and identify you for medico-legal purposes. An enrolment form is an additional form which you need to complete which confirms that you have chosen us to be your main healthcare provider.
You will need to be able to provide proof of eligibility. This may include a passport, NZ certificate of citizenship, or a NZ birth certificate*.
NZ birth certificate* Note - Not all patients born in NZ are eligible as parents' eligibility may need to be considered as well. For these patients, parents must also provide proof of eligibility.
For more information on Enrolling with General Practice Guide, click here.
The Ministry of Health website also contains information on enrolment: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/primary-health-care/about-primary-health-organisations/enrolment-primary-health-organisation.
For information in Chinese, click here.
If you have any questions regarding enrolment, please speak to one of our receptionists.