2 Aug 2021

Terminally ill and in MIQ limbo

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 2 August 2021
Medical bed in hospital hallway with professionals hurrying to the emergency case

Photo: 123RF

Auckland man David Willetts has traveled overseas for potentially life extending medical care, but is in limbo about when, or, if he'll be able to secure an MIQ place, this is despite having a return ticket.

He has incurable myeloma and will receive medical treatment in Singapore for a secondary blood cancer. 

He tells Kathryn Ryan that a stem cell transplant from a relative is his last remaining option, after being declined the treatment here.

His donor sister has traveled with him to Singapore, and while both have return airline tickets, neither has been able to secure an MIQ spot.

He's concerned there seems to be a hole in the eligibility criteria - and that although it is accepted by authorities that some people will need to travel overseas for medical treatment that they can't get in New Zealand, there's no provision for them to be automatically eligible for an emergency allocation in MIQ when they return.

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