Southern Cross Healthcare Group and Massey University are
facilitating an invitation-only Think Tank today - where 50 experts
in their respective fields will gather in Auckland to propose and
discuss pragmatic solutions to New Zealand's growing and
unsustainable level of healthcare spending.
Treasury have said the future cost of healthcare is one of the
biggest challenges facing New Zealand's economy.
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research estimate the
country has only around eight years to make a change to historic
spending patterns before health costs start to seriously impact the
Government's ability to keep the country within budget.
Released today is a research report undertaken by Massey
University, which includes input from many of those experts
attending the Think Tank. This will form the basis of the day's
discussions on workable solutions.
This research found that:
- Modifying or even reducing demand for healthcare was seen as
the single most important strategy to avoid a future funding
- Solutions to achieving a reduction in demand included investing
in and improving public health education, health literacy and
- There were calls for better integration between primary care
and hospital-based services, and greater efficiency of the system
as a whole.
- Politics, at all levels, was overwhelmingly seen as the key
barrier to implementing solutions necessary to resolve health