A person in the country illegally racked up a medical bill of more than $165,000 that was later written off by a DHB.

Northland DHB recently wrote off about $335,000 as bad debt, the majority of which was owed by the one elderly patient.

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According to the DHB, it did so after unsuccessful approaches to Immigration NZ and the relevant embassy for help, and

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