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New Zealand's health reforms run into trouble

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6928.556a (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:556
  1. C Essex

    The new organisations set up last year to replace New Zealand's area health boards have lost $NZ47m (pounds sterling 17m) in their first three months of operation. Three of the 23 crown health enterprises made a profit of about $NZ1m (pounds sterling 370 000). About 94% of the enterprises' funding came from the four regional health authorities, while patient charges generated under 1% of their income.

    The figures should not come as a surprise, said …

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