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12 Nov 2019 21:08
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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    A person in the country illegally racked up a medical bill of more than 165-thousand dollars, which was later written off by a DHB

    A person in the country illegally racked up a medical bill of more than 165-thousand dollars, which was later written off by a DHB


    Northland DHB recently wrote off about 335-thousand dollars as bad debt - the majority of which was owed by the one elderly patient.

    According to the DHB, it did so after unsuccessful approaches to Immigration NZ and the relevant embassy for help, and deportation was ruled out on humanitarian grounds.

    The DHB declined to release further details.

    Summary information obtained by the Weekend Herald under the Official Information Act, show the patient had been in the country illegally since a visa expired in 2012.

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