Cancer today in New Zealand

71 Kiwis are diagnosed with cancer each day.2
Cancer rates expected to grow by 50% by 2035.3
50% of Kiwis living with cancer are aged 25-64.4

Southern Cross is New Zealand’s largest health insurer, looking after the health of more than 870,000 Kiwis.5

Over 3,000 Southern Cross members claim for cancer related healthcare services each year. We want New Zealanders to live their healthiest lives so how quickly you’re diagnosed, how fast you can access treatment and what say you have in your own care, can make a big difference.

Cancer cover with Southern Cross

Faster access to diagnosis and treatment
Access to a range of private healthcare providers
Flexible treatment pathways
Treatment in private facilities
A range of cover options to suit you

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All our plans include a range of benefits that provide cover for cancer treatment (excludes HealthEssentials).

You already have cover for up to $60,000 per year for chemotherapy treatment6 (including $10,000 per year for non-Pharmac approved Medsafe indicated chemotherapy drugs6 ) as well as the following benefits:

Specialist consultations
Diagnostic imaging and tests
Radiotherapy
Surgical procedures

Additional cover

You can choose to add or upgrade the cancer cover on your existing plan (depending on which plan you are on).

Cancer Assist

Provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer. Use the tax-free one-off payment to spend on what’s important to you at a time when you need it most. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Critical Illness

Similar to Cancer Assist, Critical Illness provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer or critical illness, or suffer a trauma such as a heart attack, stroke or loss of independent living. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Add more cover

All our plans include a range of benefits that provide cover for cancer treatment (excludes HealthEssentials).

You already have cover for up to $60,000 per year for chemotherapy treatment6 (including $10,000 per year for non-Pharmac approved Medsafe indicated chemotherapy drugs6 ) as well as the following benefits:

Specialist consultations
Diagnostic imaging and tests
Radiotherapy
Surgical procedures

Additional cover

When you purchase a plan (depending on which plan you choose) you can choose to add or upgrade your cancer cover.

Cancer Assist

Provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer. Use the tax-free one-off payment to spend on what’s important to you at a time when you need it most. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Critical Illness

Similar to Cancer Assist, Critical Illness provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer or critical illness, or suffer a trauma such as a heart attack, stroke or loss of independent living. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

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All our plans include a range of benefits that provide cover for cancer treatment (excludes HealthEssentials).

You already have cover for up to $60,000 per year for chemotherapy treatment6 (including up to $10,000 per year for non-Pharmac approved Medsafe indicated chemotherapy drugs6) as well as the following benefits:

Specialist consultations
Diagnostic imaging and tests
Radiotherapy
Surgical procedures

Additional cover

You can choose to add or upgrade the cancer cover on your existing plan (depending on which plan you are on).

NEW

Cancer Cover Plus

Gives you the option to increase your chemotherapy benefit to either $100,000 or $300,000 per claims year towards treatment, including Pharmac and non-Pharmac approved drugs7. Need more cover? You can add Cancer Cover Plus and still take out a Cancer Assist or Critical Illness plan to provide a one-off payment.

Cancer Assist

Provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer. Use the tax-free one-off payment to spend on what’s important to you at a time when you need it most. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Critical Illness

Similar to Cancer Assist, Critical Illness provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer or critical illness, or suffer a trauma such as a heart attack, stroke or loss of independent living. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Add more cover

All our plans include a range of benefits that provide cover for cancer treatment (excludes HealthEssentials).

You’ll have cover for up to $60,000 per year for chemotherapy treatment6 (including up to $10,000 per year for non-Pharmac approved Medsafe indicated chemotherapy drugs6) as well as the following benefits:

Specialist consultations
Diagnostic imaging and tests
Radiotherapy
Surgical procedures

Additional cover

When you purchase a plan (depending on which plan you choose) you can choose to add or upgrade your cancer cover.

NEW

Cancer Cover Plus

Gives you the option to increase your chemotherapy benefit to either $100,000 or $300,000 per claims year towards treatment, including Pharmac and non-Pharmac approved drugs7. Need more cover? You can add Cancer Cover Plus and still take out a Cancer Assist or Critical Illness plan to provide a one-off payment.

Cancer Assist

Provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer. Use the tax-free one-off payment to spend on what’s important to you at a time when you need it most. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Critical Illness

Similar to Cancer Assist, Critical Illness provides a one-off payment of up to $300,0008, on top of your health insurance, if you’re diagnosed with a qualifying cancer or critical illness, or suffer a trauma such as a heart attack, stroke or loss of independent living. You can add this cover for just you or for other members on your policy.

Get a quote and apply
1. (n.d.). Cancer Assist from Southern Cross Health Society - Southern Cross NZ. Retrieved from www.southerncross.co.nz/group/media-releases/2017/Cancer-assist. 2. www.cancernz.org.nz. 3, 4. (n.d.). Research: Troubling gap facing cancer survivors | Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved from www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/research-troubling-gap-facing-cancer-survivors. 5. (2018) Annual Report Southern Cross Health Society (n.d.). Cancer Assist from Southern Cross Health Society - Southern Cross NZ. Retrieved from www.southerncross.co.nz/group/media-releases/2017/Cancer-assist. 6. Kiwicare and RegularCare offer a maximum of $48,000 cover for chemotherapy treatment including $8,000 for non-Pharmac approved drugs . 7. Subject to eligibility criteria. Only available on KiwiCare, RegularCare, Wellbeing One, Wellbeing Two, and UltraCare plans. Only available to members under 60 years old. 8. Subject to eligibility criteria. Members over 65 are only insured to $20,000 of cover.