I have not posted here for a while but was looking for some advice. I am a uk student currently in New Zealand for a year as part of my degree course. Since arriving here 2 months ago I have had 2 ICU admissions. I was discharged yeasterday but the latest admission proved that IV access in me was a nightmare. My consultant here has referred mt for a porth a cath however they were unsure yesterday how the cost of this would be covered. I have travel insurance and there is a recipricol health agreement between here and home but they are not sure if this is seen as elective or essential? Any ideas? The medical team see it as essential as without IV access they can not treat me.