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New Zealand has far too many DHBs

11 October 2017 Gregor Coster - Stuff

OPINION: New Zealand should reduce the number of district health boards (DHBs) and Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), align subsidies for high needs to patients rather than to practices, and if the government intends to increase subsidies we should know more about service dimensions and quality of care.

A recent paper by Amy Downs, the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow in Public Policy, confirms the view that we have too many DHBs. They lead to duplication of services and costs.

For a small country, we should have no more than six DHBs serving larger populations. DHBs are in regional groups now and those could form the basis for amalgamation.

Read the article here:–dhbs