Journal article

Health equity in the New Zealand health care system: a national survey

Nicolette F Sheridan, Timothy W Kenealy, Martin J Connolly, Faith Mahony, P Alan Barber, Mary Anne Boyd, Peter Carswell, Janet Clinton, Gerard Devlin, Robert Doughty, Loma Dyall, Ngaire Kerse, John Kolbe, Ross Lawrenson, Allan Moffitt

International Journal for Equity in Health | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In all countries people experience different social circumstances that result in avoidable differences in health. In New Zealand, Māori, Pacific peoples, and those with lower socioeconomic status experience higher levels of chronic illness, which is the leading cause of mortality, morbidity and inequitable health outcomes. Whilst the health system can enable a fairer distribution of good health, limited national data is available to measure health equity. Therefore, we sought to find out whether health services in New Zealand were equitable by measuring the level of development of components of chronic care management systems across district health boards. Variation in provisio..

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