Archive for May 2019

Public and private healthcare in New Zealand

In New Zealand, like most countries, healthcare is a mixture of public and private funding and provision. We are slightly more dependent on public financing (at 80 percent of healthcare costs) than the OECD average. The New Zealand public system does a good job in providing access to treatment for serious illness and emergencies. However,…

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Why have health insurance?

Over 1.3 million New Zealanders – around 28 percent of the population – have health insurance. Why? Because, like any other insurance, it provides peace of mind in times of difficulty. You don’t know what health problems may affect you in the future. And you can’t foresee how they will impact on your family, your…

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