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Does health insurance work overseas?

Looking at travelling overseas? Depending on how long you're travelling, you're better off looking at travel insurance, or international health insurance as your New Zealand health insurance cover won't protect you.

Overseas treatment benefit

Most New Zealand health insurance policies will offer an “overseas treatment” benefit. First things first, an overseas treatment benefit is not the same as travel insurance. If you get yourself in a pickle and end up with a broken leg on a Colorado ski-field, your health insurance policy back in New Zealand can do nothing to have you patched up or brought back to New Zealand for an emergency medical evacuation (to say nothing of replacing those expensive skis).

Instead, an overseas treatment benefit means that if you become ill and the medical care you require is not available in New Zealand but is available overseas, your insurance company will help with the cost of the medical expense. This means that you can access treatment that might be too new for New Zealand, or that we simply don't have the expertise available in the country.

Overall this is a great benefit, if you'd like some further information, start a free health insurance quote so you can start comparing New Zealand's leading insurers now. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0800 800 400 and have a chat.

Disclaimer: Please note that the content provided in this article is intended as an overview and as general information only. While care is taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, the information provided is subject to continuous change and may not reflect current development or address your situation. Before making any decisions based on the information provided in this article, please use your discretion and seek independent guidance.

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