COVID-19 – Updated March 23

In light of the announcement from our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern today, we will be stopping all elective operating and face to face clinic appointments until the COVID-19 threat level is lowered.  These are unprecedented times and there is a lot still that is unknown.  We are truly sorry for all those who have had surgeries disrupted and will shortly be contacting you individually to explain our plans moving forward.  We anticipate continuing with telehealth consultations using secure videoconferencing for follow-up and some new patient...

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Using Kiwisaver to fund Weight Loss Surgery

A question I have been asked more commonly in recent times is “Can I access my Kiwisaver to pay for weight loss surgery?” On the face of it this is a very good question.  Many people have enough money in their Kiwisaver accounts to pay for weight loss surgery and feel the health benefits from significant weight loss will improve their quality of life in retirement.  Also, in the past it has been possible for people with Australian Superannuation to use this to fund weight loss surgery.  Unfortunately, in New Zealand things are not...

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