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Foreign nationals rack up $3m debt at DHB

12 September 2017 Hamish McNeilly - Stuff

The Southern District Health Board is using debt collectors to recover money owed by foreign nationals.

Figures released to Stuff under the Official Information Act showed the district health board collected $2.3 million in “non-resident debt” in the 2016-17 financial year.

That follows the experience of Kathryn Mair, who had lived in New Zealand since an infant, and who was billed $73,000 for cardiovascular and rheumatology surgery for the period she was deemed a non-resident.

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