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Major reforms announced for New Zealand’s health system

Image: Tom Ackroyd [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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New Zealand’s health system is to become centralised under one agency in a comprehensive reform package announced by health minister Andrew Little.

On 21 April, Little said the changes would do away with the “postcode lottery” in healthcare. District health boards across the country will be disbanded in favour of a central authority called Health New Zealand, which will have four geographical divisions covering the country.

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