Ministry of Health Hair Loss Subsidy

Wigs for Medical Hair loss

At Aleecia's Boutique, our wigs are designed to fit like a second skin.

As our community grows, we’re inspired to make every customer feel valued. Our goal is to create realistic wigs for those suffering from medical hair loss.

We offer a 20% discount for any wigs purchased by customers suffering from hair loss as the result of a medical condition, such as alopecia or chemotherapy.

As a brand that specializes in wigs to help with medical hair loss, we’re committed to giving back to our community. We donate wigs annually for young girls suffering from medical hair loss to brighten their day. You can follow our journey on our social media platforms.

 

Wigs and hairpieces subsidy

A Government Subsidy known as "The Wigs and Hairpieces service payment" is a payment to people who suffer from temporary or permanent hair loss because of a medical condition or from certain cancer therapies. The payments are to reduce the cost of purchasing and maintaining a Wig or Hairpiece and obtaining Headwear such as hats and turbans.

 

To claim you

  • Must be a New Zealand citizen or ordinarily resident in New Zealand

and

  • have a current medical certificate with your NHI number, details of the hair loss condition and whether it is permanent or temporary from your specialist or general practitioner (GP)

Next

  • choose the right wig or hairpiece for you
  • we can make a claim on your behalf from the Ministry of Health (cashless transaction)

or

  • purchase your wig and make a claim yourself
 Current Entitlements Wig grants/
subsidies
(GST incl)
Entitlement period

Adults over 18 years with permanent hair loss

$2330.66

9 years

Adults over 18 years with temporary hair loss

$408.88

1 year

Children under 18 years with temporary or permanent hair loss

$1226.66

3 years
or until you turn 18, if that happens first

 

Subsidy for chemo patients over 18 years (Temporary hair loss)

For adults with temporary hair loss, you can claim all part of your entitlement at any time within 1 year. Synthetic wigs are the most popular choice for clients with temporary hair loss, and most of our synthetic wigs are priced within this value.

Subsidy for alopecia patients over 18 years (Permanent hair loss)

For adults with permanent hair loss, you can claim all or part of your entitlement at any time within 9 years. Human hair wigs are the most popular choice for clients with permanent hair loss, and most of our synthetic wigs are priced within this value.

Subsidy for patients under 18 years (Temporary or Permanent hair loss)

If you are under 18, your entitlement is the same regardless of whether hair loss is temporary or permanent. You can claim all or part of your entitlement at any time within the 3-year period.

Note: The entitlement period begins on the date you make your first purchase.

What happens when your entitlement period ends?

At the end of the your entitlement period any unspent amount is cancelled. If Te Whatu Ora is satisfied that your hair loss is permanent, an entitlement of $2,330.66 (GST incl) will be credited, for a 9-year period.

In the case of temporary hair loss, you must apply to Sector Operations for another entitlement. To do this you must send in a new medical certificate that verifies that your hair loss is either temporary or permanent. A new entitlement balance with then be credited.

What you can use the subsidy for?

The service payment is available to cover the cost of the following items only:

  • wig or hairpiece
  • headwear (eg, hats, turbans)
  • eyebrow wigs and associated products.

 

More information is available on the Ministry of Health website >> HERE