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New Zealand’s health service performs well, but inequities remain high

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New Zealand’s health care system is comprehensive and largely publicly funded. It generally performs well, but there are significant inequities in access and outcomes.

As international comparisons show, New Zealand’s health care is funded largely through taxation, and we spend less than other countries when measured by cost per person.

New Zealand health system compared to OECD averages

 

Health metric New Zealand OECD average
Government share of total health expenditure 80% 73%
Health expenditure as a share of GDP 9.5% 8.9%
Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births 4.2 3.7
Life expectancy at birth, Māori (males/females) 73/77.1
Life expectancy at birth, Pasifika (males/females) 74.5/78.7
Life expectancy at birth, total population (males/females) 79.5/83.2 77.8/83.1
Out-of-pocket share of current health expenditure (including voluntary health insurance) 18% 27.4%
Per capita spending US$3,328 US$3,453
Population 4.7 million

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