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The cost and increasing type of treatments outweigh the country’s ability to pay for health services for the aged.(more)
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 The World Bank estimates are that New Zealand’s health spending per capita has quadrupled in less than 20 years.(more)
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 The Government’s Vote Health budget for 2016-17 is $16.1billion.(more)
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 There should be promotion of the dignity of our Elders and investigation of ‘elder abuse’.(more)
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 There should be tax breaks and support for those who care for elderly or infirm relatives at home.(more)
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Commentary on AGED CARE IN NZ

Source from Otago Daily Times

Westpac industry economist David Norman tackles the vexed issues of New Zealand’s ageing  population and the future of its 20 district health boards. His findings do not bode well for the public, ODT senior business reporter Simon Hartley reports.

New Zealand’s ageing population should lower their expectations of healthcare during retirement, as the cost and increasing type of treatments outweigh the country’s ability to pay for health services for the aged.

World Bank estimates are that New Zealand’s health spending per capita has quadrupled in less than 20 years, the majority of it (about 82%) provided by the public healthcare sector.

Despite the proliferation of independent-living retirement villages during the past five to eight years, including the successes of listed companies Ryman Healthcare, Summerset and Metlifecare, there is a “huge gulf” developing for those who cannot afford that level of care, Westpac industry economist David Norman  says.

“Those type of companies [Ryman, Summerset and Metlifecare] provide about 40% of the bed numbers, while 60% are your small, independent, local rest-homes with 25 or 30 beds. But they are closing,” he said of tightening financial support from the Government.

The Government’s Vote Health budget for 2016-17 is $16.1billion.

Mr Norman has in recent months spoken with numerous district health boards (DHBs), primary healthcare organisations (PHOs), GPs, specialists, private hospitals, mental healthcare providers, aged-care providers and government agencies.

“The dominant message was that  New Zealanders will need to moderate their expectations of what the healthcare system can and cannot provide, given the limited funding sources and near limitless range of medical intervention options,” Mr Norman said.

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NEW ZEALAND AGED CARE ASSOCIATION

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The New Zealand Aged Care Association is the largest and most influential association representing all parts of New Zealand’s aged residential care sector.

We are a powerful advocate, working to ensure this important sector gets the recognition and support it needs to provide excellent care for New Zealand’s older citizens.

We have over 570 members, representing 90% or approximately 33,000 beds from New Zealand’s aged residential care sector. The services they provide include rest home, hospital, dementia and psychogeriatric care, as well as short-term care.

The more members and support the NZACA has, the stronger our collective voice and the more influence we have.

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