FOR THE ATTENTION OF:1) Medical Officers of Health
2) Chief Medical Officer
3) Director of Nursing
4) Relevant clinical and non-clinical staff in your DHB
5) GP Liaison Officers
6) Communications Managers
7) Any other deemed necessary by your organisation
1. Forward internally within your organisation as per the 'attention of section' above
2. PHU Managers to please forward to Medical Officers of Health who may not be on the distribution list above.
3. Please forward to your primary care contacts including: general practitioners, pharmacists and primary health organisations in your region.
This advisory is to update you on the response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. As at 1500hrs 6 February 2020, there have been 28,149 cases confirmed worldwide, with 565 deaths.
27,902 of these cases have been in Mainland China.
Below is some updated guidance for the sector; please distribute as you see fit.
Confirmation of Eligibility for Publicly Funded Health Services for Non New Zealand Residents Impacted by 2019-nCoV
From Thursday 30 January 2020, novel coronavirus capable of causing severe respiratory illness was made a notifiable infectious disease under the Health Act 1956. In addition to allowing the Health Act provisions for the management of infectious diseases to be used for this new disease, its inclusion also triggers changes in eligibility for publicly funded services.
Any person who requires services relating to a notifiable disease (or quarantinable disease) is covered as part of publicly funded health services. These services include surveillance, diagnosis, treatment, follow up and contact tracing of an infectious disease. This means that a person who would normally have to pay the full cost of health services in New Zealand, for example a tourist at a public hospital or in a general practice, is now eligible to receive the same publicly funded services as a New Zealand resident.
Additional clarification for primary care for non-residents
When a person ineligible for health services presents to primary care they are initially treated and charged as any ineligible casual patient.
The details of the processes around reimbursement to practices and pharmacies for service delivery have yet to be arranged. The Ministry of Health will provide further communication when this has occurred. Case definitions change, so please go to our website for the latest definition - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov for latest case definitions
Guidance on self-isolation
The guidance on self-isolation has been updated and can be found here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/novel-coronavirus-self-isolation
Dedicated 0800 number for health advice and information
Healthline has set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about the coronavirus.
This is an information/advisory only. No action is required other than to distribute as described.
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