Financial strength, Solvency and Legal

We are required by law to make specific information available to customers and potential customers. This page brings these important legal disclosures together in one place for your ease of access.

  • Financial strength

  • Solvency disclosures

  • Financial advice disclosure

  • Privacy statement

  • Cookies policy

  • Complaints

  • Other legal information

Financial strength

Southern Cross Medical Care Society (trading as Southern Cross Health Society) has an A+ (Strong) financial strength rating given by Standard & Poor’s (Australia) Pty Limited.

The rating scale is:

AAA

(Extremely Strong)

AA

(Very Strong)

A

(Strong)

BBB

(Good)

BB

(Marginal)

B

(Weak)

CCC

(Very Weak)

CC

(Extremely Weak)

SD or D

(Selective Default or Default)

R

(Regulatory Action)

NR

(Not Rated)

 

 

Ratings from ‘AA’ to ‘CCC’ may be modified by the addition of a plus (+) or minus (-) sign to show relative standing within the major rating categories. Full details of the rating scale are available at S&P Global Ratings. Standard & Poor’s is an approved rating agency under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.

Financial strength

Southern Cross Medical Care Society (trading as Southern Cross Health Society) has an A+ (Strong) financial strength rating given by Standard & Poor’s (Australia) Pty Limited.

The rating scale is:

AAA

(Extremely Strong)

AA

(Very Strong)

A

(Strong)

BBB

(Good)

BB

(Marginal)

B

(Weak)

CCC

(Very Weak)

CC

(Extremely Weak)

SD or D

(Selective Default or Default)

R

(Regulatory Action)

NR

(Not Rated)

Ratings from ‘AA’ to ‘CCC’ may be modified by the addition of a plus (+) or minus (-) sign to show relative standing within the major rating categories. Full details of the rating scale are available at www.standardandpoors.com. Standard & Poor’s is an approved rating agency under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.

Solvency disclosures

As licensed insurers, Southern Cross Medical Care Society (the “Society”) and its 100% owned subsidiaries (Southern Cross Pet Insurance Limited and Southern Cross Benefits Limited) are required by the Interim Solvency Standard Amendment Standard 2023 (the “ISS") issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (“RBNZ”) to retain a positive solvency margin, meaning that the solvency capital exceeds the prescribed capital requirement under the ISS.

As the Society is a licenced insurer with two licenced insurer subsidiaries, these insurers must be consolidated to calculate and report the consolidated insurance group solvency.

The following solvency information as at 30 September 2023 for both the Society and the consolidated insurance group is required to be disclosed in compliance with the ISS as issued by the RBNZ.

 
 

 

 30 September 2023

Society

Consolidated insurance group

Solvency capital

$517.5m

$567.4m

Adjusted prescribed capital requirement

$138.5m

$162.4m

Adjusted solvency margin

$379.0m

$405.0m

Adjusted solvency ratio

3.74

3.49

Financial advice disclosure

 

This is important information to help you decide whether to get financial advice from Southern Cross.


Southern Cross Medical Care Society holds a licence issued by the Financial Markets Authority to provide a financial advice service. You can check our financial services registration at fspr.govt.nz.


Limitations on the nature and scope of our financial advice service

Our financial advice service is intended to help you decide which Southern Cross product may best suit your needs.

Only those of our employees who have been appropriately trained and nominated by us are able to provide financial advice (these are our “nominated representatives”). Their advice is limited to recommending Southern Cross health insurance products or plans (or changes to your current plan). They cannot advise you on products offered by other providers.

We recommend that you consult an independent adviser if you need advice on how to choose from a range of different providers’ products.


No fees

Our financial advice service is provided free of charge.


Conflicts of interest and prioritising your interests

Our nominated representatives are required to act in an ethical and transparent way. To ensure they prioritise your interests, before giving advice on any of our products they will ask about your particular health insurance needs, financial situation and goals. Any recommendations they make will take account of relevant information that you provide. For employer groups, this includes relevant information about the group of employees that would be covered under an employer group plan.

We provide ongoing training to our nominated representatives and undertake regular checks to ensure that the financial advice they provide is appropriate and meets our legal obligations.

Our nominated representatives are also required to comply with our conflicts of interest policy. This includes a requirement 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.


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 transparent and 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 our Chief Operating Officer. 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 and 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 not able to be 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 the IFSO for review.

You can contact the IFSO Scheme on 0800 888 202, email at [email protected] or www.ifso.nz.

Alternatively, you can write to: Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman, PO Box 10845, Wellington 6143.


Our duties

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

  • give priority to your interests (by taking reasonable steps to ensure that our financial advice is not materially influenced by our own interests)
  • exercise care, diligence and skill in providing advice to you; 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. 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.govt.nz.

This statement was prepared on 1 July 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.

Member privacy statement

As a member of Southern Cross Medical Care Society (“Southern Cross”), your privacy is very important to us. We value the trust you place in us to handle your personal and health information the right way.

Our Member Privacy Statement sets out how we will do this, in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020 and the Health Information Privacy Code 2020. During the course of our relationship with you, we may also tell you more about how we will handle your information, for example when you make a claim.


How may Southern Cross use your information? 

You authorise us to use information about you for the following purposes:

  • to consider your eligibility for cover under the policy
  • to consider the specific terms applying to the policy (including any pre-existing conditions)
  • to administer the policy and your membership with the Society including general meetings
  • to consider whether any healthcare service is eligible for cover under the policy and
  • to process, investigate and review any claims made and/or paid (including historical claims).
You also authorise us and other "Southern Cross' branded businesses to use information about you for the following additional purposes:
  • to assist with the administration of any products and services you have with other 'Southern Cross' branded businesses
  • to contact you from time to time, including within a reasonable time of you ceasing to be covered by the policy, about products and services relating to us, other ‘Southern Cross’ branded businesses, and our trusted business partners 
  • to prevent, detect and investigate any fraud including where in our reasonable opinion we suspect any fraud 
  • to conduct analysis and research in relation to the above purposes and 
  • where permitted or required by law


Who may Southern Cross collect your information from?

You authorise us to collect information about you for the above purposes, directly from you, or from:

  • the policyholder (e.g. directly from the policyholder via their application, claims and approvals) 
  • the spouse or partner of the policyholder (provided they are covered by the policy
  • a previous Southern Cross health insurance, Cancer Assist or Critical Illness policy (including previous application(s), Membership Certificate(s) and or claims) 
  • health services providers (including Affiliated Providers), approved facilities, and medical authorities (including ACC and Ministry of Health) 
  • ‘Southern Cross’ branded businesses and our trusted business partners 
  • the adviser associated with the policy 
  • the Group Administrator, if the policyholder is part of a work scheme or association scheme for the purpose of administering premiums (if applicable) and verifying the policyholder’s eligibility to be part of the work scheme or association scheme (excluding the collection of health information) and 
  • any other person when authorised by you,  the policyholder or an adult dependant
You also authorise the disclosure of such information by such parties for any of the above purposes. 
Please note that we generally record inbound and outbound telephone calls we have with you for operational and training purposes. 


Who may Southern Cross disclose your information to?

You authorise us to disclose information about you for the above purposes, directly to you, or to:

  • the policyholder
  • the husband / wife or partner of the policyholder (provided they are covered by the policy
  • relevant health services providers (including Affiliated Providers), approved facilities and medical authorities 
  • any other person when authorised by you, the policyholder or adult dependant
  • the adviser associated with the policy (including disclosure of health information) 
  • the Group Administrator if the policyholder is part of a work scheme or association scheme for the purpose of administering premiums (if applicable), including the disclosure of premium information about any dependants on the policy (if applicable), and verifying the policyholder’s eligibility to be part of the work scheme or association scheme (excluding the disclosure of health information) 
  • other ‘Southern Cross’ branded businesses and our trusted business partners (for example, suppliers of services such as mailing houses, research and insight agencies, and information technology) and 
  • any other party in accordance with the law
Any disclosure of your personal and/or health information will only be for the purposes set out above under ‘How may Southern Cross use your information’. 

All communications from us relating to you, whether or not you are the policyholder, will be sent to the policyholder. This means that your personal and health information will always be disclosed to the policyholder, including when you make a claim or request prior approval, and you authorise this disclosure.


Is your information secure?

We take all reasonable steps to make sure your personal and health information is kept safe from loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure and/or misuse, in accordance with our obligations under the Privacy Act and Health Information Privacy Code. 


How can you access and correct your information? 

You are entitled to have access to and request correction of any of your personal information or health information held by us. Please contact us on 0800 800 181

We do our best to ensure that the information about you that we collect, store, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up to date. Prompt notification of any changes to your contact details will help us to do this. You can update your personal details online in My Southern Cross, or the mobile app. If we do not have your correct contact details we may not be able to provide you with important information about your policy

From time to time Southern Cross may send you marketing and other information electronically such as by email or text message. If you have provided your email address or mobile phone number we take this as your implied consent to us doing this. If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time please contact us.


If you do not provide us with your information, what then?

If the information provided to us is not accurate or complete we may not be able to process the application or claim, or it may result in us not being able to provide you with cover until such information is provided. The consequences of providing incomplete, false or misleading information are set out in your policy document.


Need more information?

If you have any queries about how we handle your personal and health information, or our Member Privacy Statement, please contact us on 0800 800 181
Your information is collected and held by Southern Cross Medical Care Society, Level 1, Te Kupenga, 155 Fanshawe Street, Auckland City 1010.


Version updated March 2021.

Cookies policy

By using the Southern Cross website, you agree to the use of cookies as disclosed in this policy.


What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files which are sent to your web browser when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies act as a memory for a website, allowing that website to remember your browser on your return visits. Cookies can also remember your preferences, improve the user experience and tailor the adverts you see to those most relevant to you.

This means we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • the internet domain and IP address from where you access the website
  • the type of browser software and configuration and operating system used to access the website
  • the date and time you access the website
  • if you linked to the website from another website, the address of that website
  • the pages you enter, visit and exit the website from, content viewed and duration of visits.

Our Privacy Statement sets out full details of the other information we collect and how we use your personal information.


What cookies do Southern Cross use on this website?

Two kinds of cookies are used on Southern Cross’ website: Session cookies and Persistent cookies.

  • Session cookies are used to remember selections made on our website (for example in the Plan comparison tool). Session cookies are deleted automatically when you leave the website or close your browser.
  • Persistent cookies are used to identify you when you return to our website and/or to remember specific information about your preferences. These cookies also help us understand browsing behaviour within the website, which can assist us in customising content that we believe will be most relevant to your interests. Persistent cookies are stored on the user's computer and are not deleted when the browser is closed. These cookies must be 'manually' deleted if you want to remove them.

Different cookies are used to perform different functions

Strictly necessary cookies - some cookies are essential for Southern Cross to use in order to provide you with secure access to certain areas of our website (e.g. My Southern Cross). These cookies use a unique identifier to ensure the privacy and security of your personal and or health information once you have logged into the website. If your browser is configured to reject all cookies you will be unable to log on to certain areas of the Southern Cross website e.g. My Southern Cross.

Analytical/performance cookies - these cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors interact and move around and use our website. These cookies are used for web enhancement and optimisation purposes and to aggregate statistics on how our visitors reach and browse our websites. This type of information allows us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily and to help us understand what interests our users, and measure how effective our advertising is;

  • Southern Cross example 1: Google Analytics cookies collect information in an anonymous form, providing Southern Cross with information about how our website is used. Southern Cross can determine where visitors have come from to our site, how they are interacting with our site and how many visits have been recorded to our site. These third party cookies assist with making on-going improvements to our website and the online experience.
  • Southern Cross example 2: Using Google Analytics User ID functionality, a unique, random ID is assigned by our system to members when they log in to My Southern Cross for the first time. This allows Southern Cross to view that visitor’s access to both My Southern Cross and the Southern Cross website across multiple devices and sessions over a period of time, providing us with more accurate information about how our members use our website, and to assist with making improvements to My Southern Cross and the Southern Cross website. In using the Google Analytics User ID tool we don’t disclose any personal information about you to any third party, including Google, and the data we get back from Google is aggregated and may only be used by Southern Cross in a non-identifiable form.

Functionality cookies - these cookies allow our website to remember choices you have made previously in order to improve your online experience. Southern Cross example: If you enter information about your age, gender and number of dependent children in our “Plan comparison tool” to get a quote on a health insurance plan option, a cookie is used to remember this information if you want to get a quote on a different health insurance plan option.

Advertising / targeting cookies - These cookies collect information about your browsing habits, which assists in the delivery of more relevant advertising. Third party organisations, including Google, collect certain information when you visit our website in order to display our advertisements when you visit other websites. Advertising features that Southern Cross uses include Google AdWords and Analytics Remarketing and Google Display Network Impression Reporting.

Please note that some cookies on the website are managed by third parties, including, for example, advertising networks, features such as videos, maps and social media, and providers of external websites like web traffic analysis services. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. You should refer to such third parties’ own cookie and privacy policies for information about how they may use your information.


How do I control my cookie settings on my computer?

If you decide to disable or block cookies, parts of our website will not function correctly, or at all, (e.g. you will be unable to access your My Southern Cross login).

Should you choose to disable or block our cookies you can do this through your browser. Most browsers allow you to manage your cookie preferences from the browser settings.

More on how Google uses cookies and how to opt out of targeted advertising.


We may change the content of this cookie policy at any time without notice, and any revised terms located on the website from time to time will apply to your use of the website or any website services.

This version: July 2021

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 transparent and 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 our Chief Operating Officer. 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 and 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 not able to be 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 the IFSO for review.

You can contact the IFSO Scheme on 0800 888 202, email at [email protected] or www.ifso.nz.

Alternatively, you can write to: Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman, PO Box 10845, Wellington 6143.


Our duties

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

  • give priority to your interests (by taking reasonable steps to ensure that our financial advice is not materially influenced by our own interests)
  • exercise care, diligence and skill in providing advice to you; 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. 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.govt.nz.

This statement was prepared on 1 July 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.

Other legal information

Southern Cross Medical Care Society (trading as Southern Cross Health Society) is a friendly society operated for the benefit of members since 1961. We are registered under the Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982. Southern Cross is a licensed insurer and a licensed financial advice provider. For financial advice on Southern Cross products call 0800 100 777, or if your employer has a work scheme call 0800 438 268. For more information and a copy, please see our financial advice disclosure.

Registered office:

Level 1, Te Kupenga, 155 Fanshawe Street, Auckland City 1010.

Postal address:

Private Bag 99934, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

Contact:

Contact us

We are a part of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group, which includes separate and independent hospital and travel insurance businesses.

Find out more about the Group and its structure here.