Financial advice service - disclosure statement

The information in this disclosure statement is important. It is intended to help you to find a financial advice provider that meets your needs.

Southern Cross Medical Care Society (“Southern Cross”, “we” or “our”) (trading as Southern Cross Health Society) is a licensed insurer and holds a licence issued by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) to provide a financial advice service as a Financial Advice Provider (FAP). You can check our financial services registration at www.fspr.govt.nz.

Limitations on the nature and scope of financial advice service

The financial advice service we provide is only about insurance products offered by Southern Cross and does not cover financial products issued by other providers.

Any financial advice provided by our nominated representatives will be limited to recommending Southern Cross products or plans (or changes to your current Southern Cross plan), taking into account any relevant information you provide to us, including about your particular health insurance needs, financial situation and goals.

For employer groups (sometimes called ‘work schemes’ or ‘group schemes’), we’ll also take into account any relevant information provided to us about the employees to be covered under the group plan.

This service is intended to help you decide what type of Southern Cross product may best suit your needs. Our nominated representatives do not provide recommendations on insurance or other financial products issued by other providers.

No fees

Southern Cross does not charge fees, expenses or any other amount for financial advice provided by our nominated representatives about Southern Cross insurance products.

Conflicts of interest

Our nominated representatives sell Southern Cross insurance and related products to new members and provide services to our existing members.

In all their dealings with our customers, our nominated representatives are required to act in an ethical and transparent way and comply with our internal conflicts of interest policy. This includes the requirement for a nominated representative to raise any actual, perceived or potential conflict of interest with their manager or other senior staff member so that it can be resolved appropriately.

The objectives of our conflicts of interest policy are consistent with our statutory duties to you (referred to below) when providing financial advice about our insurance products.

Complaints process and disputes resolution scheme 

If you’re dissatisfied with the financial advice service provided by or on behalf of Southern Cross, you can raise your concern directly with any of our nominated representatives, or by:

  • calling us on 0800 800 181
  • using our online complaints form
  • writing to us at: Complaints at Southern Cross, Southern Cross Health Society, Private Bag 99934, Newmarket, Auckland 1149.

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your complaint within two working days of the date we receive it (or if it is not practicable to do so, as soon as practicable after that time). We’ll aim to resolve your concerns in a timely manner and we’ll keep you informed of our progress.

So that we can best address your complaint, we may refer your complaint to different teams within Southern Cross. We will respond to you with the outcome of our investigation in a timely, fair and transparent way.

If you’re unhappy with our response, you can request that your complaint be reviewed by the Chief Operating Officer of Southern Cross. The Chief Operating Officer will review and make a final determination in respect of your complaint, which will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

Still not satisfied?

We belong to the Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman’s approved dispute resolution scheme (IFSO). The IFSO Scheme is a free and independent dispute resolution service available to consumers that may help investigate or resolve complaints if they’re not resolved through our internal complaints process.

If your complaint has been fully investigated by us and you’re still not satisfied with the outcome, you can refer your complaint to IFSO for review.

You can contact the IFSO Scheme on 0800 888 202, email at info@ifso.nz or at www.ifso.nz. Alternatively, you can write to: Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman, PO BOX 10 845, Wellington 6143.

Our duties

Southern Cross and our nominated representatives are bound by the duties set out in the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 to:

  • give priority to the customer’s interests (by taking reasonable steps to ensure that any financial advice provided about Southern Cross’ insurance products is not materially influenced by the own interests of the relevant nominated representative or Southern Cross)
  • exercise care, diligence and skill in relation to the provision of financial advice services; and
  • meet the standards of ethical behaviour, conduct, client care and competence, knowledge and skill set out in the Code of Professional Conduct for Financial Advice Services (the Code of Conduct). These standards are designed to make sure we treat you as we should and give you suitable advice. The Code of Conduct standards can be read here: fma.8govt.nz/assets/assets/code-of-professional-conduct-for-financial-adviceservices

This statement was prepared on 15 March 2021.
Southern Cross Medical Care Society (trading as Southern Cross Health Society), Level 1, Te Kupenga, 155 Fanshawe Street, Auckland City 1010. Phone: 0800 800 181.