The Health and Disability System Review is charged with taking a system-wide approach to what needs to change to ensure our future system achieves better and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders.
Overall our system is good, with outcomes and spending in line with OECD countries, and a dedicated staff who work hard to provide best care for patients. However, the system is under pressure and despite progress, outcomes are not equitable across populations and life course, particularly for Māori, Pacific peoples, disabled people, and people experiencing poverty. Rural New Zealanders also look for sustainable and equitable access to health and disability services.
The interim report aims to achieve three things:
The report does not provide specific change recommendations but it does indicate the direction of travel that the Panel believes is necessary in key areas, and points to questions which still need to be answered to arrive at final recommendations by March 2020.
Phase Two of the review will now focus on developing recommendations for the key changes that can best move the system towards more sustainable and fairer performance.
In addition to the main report, also available is a series of appendices to the main report, a summary of submissions we received (both through our online portal and email), and a final report from the Review wānanga.
Accessible versions: Note that the downloadable PDFs are screen-reader compatible, and text in the documents describes the key points in all charts.
You can download the full report, individual chapters, appendices, and summary of submissions.
See the Download the Interim Report page.
We've provided an executive overview of the report which includes: