Affiliated Providers are doctors, specialists or medical facilities contracted to provide Southern Cross members with certain healthcare services at agreed prices.
Benefits of becoming an AP
Prices for services are negotiated at the beginning of the agreement, so you know what will be paid. You can use our online system to claim payment for an eligible service as soon as it has been provided.Improved cash flows
The amount we pay is generally desposited within two days of requesting payment.Online administration
The online transaction makes the administration of prior approval and payment easy.Dedicated support
Contract managers are your direct points of contact at Southern Cross, dealing with any queries you may have about your AP agreement and any other issues.Promotion
APs can be identified through the Specialists & Referrals service (available via Medtech) and the online directory Healthpages.co.nz. They are also listed on HealthLink’s CareSelect within GPs' electronic medical record systems, and on Southern Cross’ online tool Healthcarefinder.co.nz.
Benefits for Southern Cross members
- It's easy. The AP organises prior approval for the member's healthcare service and claims on their behalf
- It keeps future premiums more affordable by helping us to manage the cost of claims
- Agreed prices mean that, in most cases, members know up-front how much, if anything, their contribution will be
We encourage members to seek referral to an AP to help moderate claims costs in the long term. In all Southern Cross plans (apart from UltraCare), some services are AP-only