Public healthcare is funded through general taxation and is only available to New Zealand residents.
Twenty DHBs fund the provision allocated via a population based formula by the Ministry of Health. The funding covers primary care, public health services, aged care, and services provided by other health providers, including Maori and Pacific Providers.
There are 220 hospitals (private and public) in New Zealand.
New Zealand has an aging population. Those aged 65 and over is expected to be 1 million people by 2020.
We also have one of the highest rates of allergic disease, affecting up to 20% of the population, mainly young people of working age, and their children. The total cost each year for treatment is estimated to be over $8 billion.
New Zealand has high rates of obesity and diabetes, disproportionately present in the Maori and Polynesian populations.
Healthcare delivery is increasingly consolidating with regional and national plans. Agencies such as Health Alliance are increasingly responsible for procurement as are PHARMAC. The National Health IT Board have detailed information on their website. See our Resources page for more detail.