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Financial hardship

Some of our patients may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) can help in a lot of different situations including if you are not working, have unexpected or urgent costs, or need help with living expenses.

Posted on 8 May 2020 |

The Ministry of Social Development have temporarily relaxed their eligibility criteria – in other words, it is currently easier to apply for and receive financial assistance. Click here to view their criteria. See the WINZ links below for more information.

Community Services Card (CSC) – A CSC can help you and your family with the costs of health care
https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/community-services-card.html

Health and Disability Allowance - If you have a health condition or disability, WINZ may be able to help
https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/health-and-disability/index.html

Benefits and Payments – Types of assistance available through WINZ
https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/index.html

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are concerned about covering your medical costs with Riccarton Clinic, please contact our reception team on 03 343 3661 to discuss your options.