Journal article

Continuity through change: the rhetoric and reality of health reform in New Zealand.

Toni Ashton, Nicholas Mays, Nancy Devlin

Soc Sci Med | Published : 2005


New Zealand, like most other developed economies, has struggled to establish the best way of organising and delivering publicly financed health care services. Before the 1990s, hospitals and some related services were planned and provided by regionally based, locally elected health boards. This system was replaced in 1993 with a quasi-market structure in which separate organisations were responsible for the purchasing and provision of services. This in turn was replaced in 2001 by a system of locally elected boards that is remarkably similar to that which existed in the 1980s. The change to and subsequent abandonment of the quasi-market structure implies major changes to the way that health ..

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