UC Health Centre
We are a Cornerstone accredited practice, the highest level of accreditation, signifying our commitment to continuous quality improvement and best possible care for patient
Fee changes for domestic students enrolled at the UC Health Centre - from 1 January 2019
Whilst the cost of consultations at the UC Health Centre are subsidised partly by the Student Services Levy, the Ministry of Health (MoH) provides the bulk of the UC Health Centre funding.
MoH is changing the way it funds primary health care services, and from 1 December 2018 the amount of funding MoH provides for your healthcare at UC Health Centre will depend on whether you have a Community Services Card.
- If you are enrolled at the UC Health Centre and you have a Community Services Card, most of your GP consultations will continue to be free.
- If you are enrolled at the UC Health Centre and you don't have a Community Services Card, a $15 fee will apply for every GP consultation from 1 January 2019.
Apply for a Community Services Card
If you don't have a Community Services Card, please check that you meet the criteria for a card (ring 0800 999 999 or visit https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/community-services-card.html#null ) and apply as soon as possible if eligible.
You will need to:
- Complete the application form at https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/documents/forms/community-services-card-application.pdf
- Provide 3 documents- these must be originals or certified true copies by a solicitor or lawyer, Registrar of the Court, or Justice of the Peace (JPs). Note: there are JPs on campus
- one identification document - e.g. passport, birth certificate, drivers licence, marriage certficate, citizen certificate, residency visa/permit
- two supporting documents (one must be at least 2 years old) - e.g. student ID card, doctor's bill, school leaving certificate, school report, car registration form, hire purchase or tenancy agreements, bank account statements, tax assessment
- See the Work and Income website for more information about the documents required.
- Note: there are Justices of the Peace on compus - go to https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/onsite-services/jp/
- Send the application form, identification and supporting documents to the address provided on the application form.
More information is available on the Work and Income website.
Enrolling at UCHealth Centre
Enrolments are accepted at anytime throughout the year, however eligibility for the free general health care is based on the Ministry of Health quarterly funding dates and having a current Community Services Card.
Important dates: The next quarterly register submission to the Ministry of Health is due on 22 Feb 2019. All enrolments received between 12 November 2018 and 22 Feb 2019 will incur a casual fee until 1 April 2019 (this fee is waived for new 2019 Semester 1 students with a community services card). All enrolments received after the register is submitted will incur a casual fee until 1 July 2019.
- Please download an enrolment form
- Complete form in black pen, scan the form as a PDF attachment and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop your form off to the Health Centre
- We will contact you if your form is not legible once printed to meet enrolment criteria.
- UC staff - we have currently closed enrolments for UC staff. We hope to review this decision mid-2019.
Please bring your Canterbury ID card to every appointment
Our Receptionists are required to check IDs at every presentation to ensure that current students are not subsidising students that have completed their studies.
The card reader isn't connected to our medical data base, therefore you will still be asked to confirm your name and/or student ID number.
Students must be seen or must contact the Health Centre within 24 hours of missing an examination to Apply for Special Consideration.
Cancelling Counselling Appointments
Counselling appointments can be cancelled / changed up to 24 hours before your appointment.
If you cancel a counselling appointment out of that timeframe, you will be charged $10.00. This must be paid at the time it is charged or before your next appointment.
Health Centre Counselling is a student only service and we need to make sure that any available appointment slots are filled by students who need the help.
Please speak with the Practice Manager if you have exceptional circumstances for cancelling an appointment out of the time frame.
If you are an enrolled student at UC who has registered with the UC Health Centre, you usually qualify for heavily subsidised healthcare.
Register with the UC Health Centre
Being enrolled at UC does not automatically register you at the Health Centre – even if you have paid your student services levy.