Regardless of whether they meet the eligibility criteria specified in the 2011 Eligibility Direction, a person suspected of having a notifiable infectious disease, and who may be infectious and so pose a risk to others, has access to certain publicly funded services.

These include:

  • diagnostic and other tests relevant to the disease
  • inpatient or outpatient care for the disease, including medications, so as to effectively deal with the public health risk posed
  • other follow-up such as counselling where this is relevant to the management of the public health risk.

If there is doubt about whether these provisions apply in a particular case, it should be determined on the judgment of the Medical Officer of Health.