Primary care is usually the first contact you have with health professionals i.e. when you visit your GP and nurse or when a nurse visits you. It is not hospital care.
They are local groups of primary health care providers responsible for organising and delivering primary health care to meet the needs of those enrolled with them.
You can check your enrolment status by telephoning 0800 252 464 (0800 HLTH 4 U).
When you enrol with your GP you are automatically enrolled with your local Primary Health Organisation.
Yes, you can enrol any children in your care if they are 16 years of age or under. Ask at your GP’s reception to find out what you need to do.
No. You should enrol with the service you use most often. You can still visit other primary health care professionals but there are benefits when you get most of your health care from your usual doctor, nurse or health service.
Enrolment is voluntary. If you choose not to enrol, you will still be able to visit any primary health care professional to get the care you need but you will be charged more at a casual rate. Your health professional will still receive any subsidy the Government currently gives them.