I write in response to your Official Information Act request received by us by way of transfer from the Ministry of Health (Ref: H202007624) on the 6th November 2020, you requested the following information:
"I would like information regarding how many foreign nationals have been charged by our public health system categorized by number of charges and nationality/passport region [between April 1st 2019 to 31st March 2020] …by charges I mean transactions.
e.g A foreign national visits Christchurch hospital due to an emergency, spends time in the bed and is medicated (possibly a minor operation is performed). At the end of the day He/She is discharged and charged/invoiced a certain amount for the services. The example above I would consider as 1 charge."