Get your Medical for Immigration covered by NZ Panels

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When it comes to the immigration process, a registered panel physician plays an important part. If you have an upcoming Immigration Medical Exam, make sure you get an appointment with NZ panels.

What is the role of the NZ Panels?

Your Immigration Medical Exam will be conducted by NZ Panels. You cannot just go and get a medical exam done by any doctor. A panel physician is a medical doctor authorized to perform Immigration Medical Exams. Besides that, NZ Panels also complete the forms and referrals and they use the eMedical system.

What do NZ Panels do during the exam?

Firstly, a panel physician will ask you about your medical history. After that, they will perform a physical examination that usually involves checking your general health by looking at your eyes, throat, nose, skin, blood pressure, etc. Next, the doctor will refer you for various tests including chest X-rays and blood tests.

What rules must NZ Panels follow?

The NZ Panels are required to keep themselves up-to-date in regards to all the latest information about immigration and IMEs. Moreover, the panel physician is also responsible for submitting all the records of the applicants to eMedical. Other than that, it is also the responsibility of the panel doctor to report any abnormal findings to the patient. In special cases, they also refer the patient to a specialist.

One thing you must remember is that the panel physician is not the one that makes decisions on anyone’s medical inadmissibility. These decisions are made by other departments.

Are there any risks of the test?

Most portions of the immigration medical exam carry no risks. However, some mild discomfort might be felt during the blood test due to the needle that is inserted into the vein to withdraw some blood. Moreover, a small bruise might develop where the needle was inserted. However, that is nothing to worry about. The bruise usually heals in a few days. While a physical medical exam is compulsory for immigration, it is also a great way to get to know about your current health. If there are any abnormal test results, you’ll be informed immediately. The panel physician will also recommend a specialist, so there is no point in unnecessary worry.

How long does the Immigration medical Exam take?

Immigration Medical Exam conducted by NZ Panels takes about the same amount of time as a regular doctor’s visit. It will last between 15 minutes to 1 hour. Furthermore, it takes almost a week after the exam to receive your lab test results. In case there is something abnormal about the test results, you may need to return for a second visit in order to be evaluated.

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