- May 12, 2007 at 4:53 pm #88495
megeebeeMemberMember since: January 21, 2007
If like me you finally succumbed to the idea of asking Winz for help, you might be pleasantly surprised. I and now my wife get a Disability allowance.It’s not much, but it sure helps. Last two years my wife has had new sets of teeth ,having to have own teeth out. Winz lent up to $1000. Plus first $300 is free,and is your dental allowance for that year.We paid back at $8 a week. You can get loans for teeth and new specs. They are not ogres at Winz.You’ve just got to be poor, and accept the fact you can’t pay for everything with the super. If by chance you do have other income, they take that into account. Like others have said,we all paid our dues when younger.There are new rules at winz. Explore them.July 6, 2007 at 4:51 pm #88496
To receive a disability allowance from winz, it is income tested, and to have your lawns mowed and paid for by winz your doctor must state you are too ill to do them yourself. There is a maximum you can receive I think its about $42.00 per week?? towards a disability allowance to help you with costs towards your ill health.July 6, 2007 at 5:36 pm #88497
bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Hi sapphired..welcome to the discussions..nice to see you.
I thought it was 50 per week, but maybe they changed it.
i think you also have to send a quote at the same time as the D’sr noteJuly 6, 2007 at 8:17 pm #88498
Chris214MemberMember since: December 9, 2006
Blinky, one thing I learnt when dealing with winz, if you feel that the person you are dealing with is ineffective or difficult, and some, but definitely not all, are, ask their name and then ask to speak to someonwe higher up. And keep doing this, sooner or later you will get what you are entitled to. And don’t take any nonsense. When I was busdriving, I had a year off on doctors orders with eyetrouble (retina detachment ), When I started back to work they put me on parttime for a while and I had a winz top up. My casemanager once told me she had a fulltime job for me. Only trouble was, it was only 2 months. So I told her I wasn’t giving up a permanent parttime job (which was going to become fulltime again, and did) for a temporary fulltime one. She told me she did not feel comfortable with that, and I told her she wasn’t paid to be comfortable, she was paid to do the best for her clients She saw my point eventually, and we got on ok after thatJuly 7, 2007 at 11:11 am #88499
You are right bobbity , the maximum disability allowance per week is $52.38.July 7, 2007 at 11:37 am #88500
Although we get the disability allowance, I didn’t know there was a limit. How is one meant to survive if one has to have some really expensive drug to survive? Do they just starve instead?
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South TaranakiJuly 7, 2007 at 4:14 pm #88501
I believe winz can top up a disability allowance with a special benefit, it does not cover the whole cost though only a percentage of the over and above $52.38 per week.
I agree that some drugs are expensive I have a daughter on a benefit and some of her prescription drugs are not subsidized even with everything winz can give her, her chemist tries to get them paid for by the hospital I think.July 8, 2007 at 4:17 pm #88502
bookloverMemberMember since: February 8, 2007
If you on a benefit/disability all. and you need expensive meds Dr. can apply to the health dept. for this.July 8, 2007 at 8:52 pm #88503
sapphire03 & booklover, That’s good to hear.One of the major problems with WINZ (depending on who your case manager is) is that they don’t always give you ALL the information unless you specifically ask for it. I remember a couple of years ago I had a friend that worked for "Workbridge" she had an enquiry from an ex gang member with a disability, as you can imagine he looked a fairly rough character. She asked him if WINZ had arranged I think it was 3 different programs or benefits he was entitled to as of right. He hadn’t heard of any of them, so she took him back to WINZ herself and told the case worker. You will do this & this & this for this man NOW. I understand that the man is now a skilled worker earning a good income.
She told us that when you have an interview at WINZ when you finish one last question you should ask is "Is there anything else I am entitled to?" If they don’t answer correctly it is their job that goes on the line.
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South TaranakiJuly 8, 2007 at 10:33 pm #88504
I think it disgusting that where there is one drug that will do the job that you have to either go without or beg for help to pay for them. One of the drugs I am on is more expensive that the Pharmac approved list but my doctor has got me an exception because I am on a high dose and it is now funded. If I have to get prescriptions filled elsewhere they have to contact my normal chemist to get the approval number. If you need this expensive drug they should have to fund it for you in some way either from WINZ or the DHB.
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