Canterbury DHB lumped with $2 million bill for Chatham Islands health care
Canterbury’s health authority will be left with a yearly bill of up to $2 million for health services to the Chatham Islands.
Geographical isolation and lack of transportation means services for the population of about 600 people cost the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) just under $4m a year.
This year, the Ministry of Health provided about $1.7m to $1.8m in population-based funding – a sharp reduction from previous years.
The move will leave the CDHB about $2m out of pocket.