Originally Posted by lisamct
....If your not entitled to free care then your very unlikely to find an LMC who would be willing to take you on. ...
If you're not entitled to free care then it's likely that any visa you have is not one that allows you to reside permanently in New Zealand.
In the past, this was treated as Immigration New Zealand as 'not having an acceptable standard of health'. And there were instances where people were refused entry because of their pregnancy, and their risk of giving birth while in New Zealand. I.e. Immigration NZ didn't want people on temporary visas to expect to come to New Zealand and give birth at a cost to our public health system.
In July last year the instructions were updated.
Now individuals in the later stages of pregnancy can visit NZ, but must prove that they are a bona fide visitor, student or worker and are either eligible for publicly-funded maternity health services; or are able to pay for maternity health services (evidence of at least NZ$9,000 will be required, in addition to adequate funds for maintenance and accommodation).
see Changes to temporary entry immigration instructions for pregnant applicants
And i think that one of the reasons for this change is that a baby born in New Zealand is no longer automatically a New Zealand citizen.
From 1 January 2006, children born in New Zealand (or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau) acquire New Zealand citizenship at birth only if at least one of their parents:
- is a New Zealand citizen; or
- is entitled to be in New Zealand indefinitely in terms of the Immigration Act 2009 (i.e. has a residence permit or visa, or is an Australian citizen or permanent resident); or
- is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue.
A child born in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen by birth if they would otherwise be stateless.
See Changes to Citizenship by Birth in New Zealand from 2006: Frequently Asked Questions - dia.govt.nz
Hope that helps!