Community ventures in rural health: the establishment of community health trusts in Southern New Zealand.
P Barnett, JR Barnett
Aust J Rural Health | Published : 2001
During the 1990s, a shortage of funds and a competitive market for public sector health services created both threats and opportunities for rural health services in New Zealand. In three of the four regional funding areas, rural health services experienced increased levels of closure or privatisation. In the fourth area, the Southern Region, the initiative of the community and the response of the funder combined to produce an alternative response; the formation of community health trusts that allowed local communities to own their own health facilities and to contract to run the services. Through a survey of community trusts this research analyses the process of trust formation and assesses ..View full abstract