Enrolled patient fees are cheaper than casual fees because GPs receive government funding for enrolled patients.
Enrolment and Government Funding
GPs in New Zealand receive government funding for enrolled patients
Enrolled patients benefit from cheaper appointments
Children under 14 receive free care if they're enrolled
You can only be enrolled with one GP practice at a time
Visiting a doctor where you're not enrolled results in higher fees as a 'casual' patient
You can use Tend as a 'casual patient' without enrolling
Enrol your children with Tend to access $0 fees for patients under 14 while being enrolled elsewhere yourself
Enrol with Tend for yourself while keeping your children enrolled with another GP practice
Generally, only NZ citizens or residents can enrol, but anyone can see a doctor as a ‘casual’ patient with Tend. The full criteria for enrolment can be found here.
Community Services Card
You must be enrolled with a GP to access Community Service Card holder pricing.
Learn more about how to get a Community Services Card if you are eligible.