What you get

A Community Services Card can reduce healthcare costs. Anyone on a low income who is aged 16 or over, a NZ citizen or permanent resident and normally lives here, can apply.

A Community Services Card can help you and your family with cheaper healthcare costs. You’ll pay less for some health services by simply showing your card. Work and Income administer it on behalf of the Ministry of Health. Your Community Services Card can only be used by you for yourself and any dependent children in your care. It can’t be used by the rest of your family including your partner.

What a Community Services Card can help with

A Community Services Card reduces the cost of:

  • full-priced prescriptions
  • visits to:
    • an after-hours doctor
    • a doctor who isn’t your usual doctor
  • glasses for children under 16 years
  • emergency dental treatment
  • travel and accommodation for public hospital treatment if you’ve been referred away from your home area
  • home help

You may also find that there are other discounts available for Community Services Card holders such as discounts for home insulation or entry to council swimming pools.

Combined cards

If you have a SuperGold or Veteran SuperGold Card, you get a combined card. It will look like your normal SuperGold or Veteran SuperGold card but it has your
Community Services Card information on the back.