New Zealand has a high-quality publicly funded health system and a highly skilled, dedicated and professional health workforce. But we know there are opportunities to make improvements. That’s why we are building a national health system that will perform better for all of us.
Transforming the health system will create a more equitable, accessible, cohesive and people-centred system that will improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
Partnerships and Te Tiriti principles will be woven throughout the future system and all it does. There will be strong expectations across our future health system to deliver care that will achieve better health outcomes for Māori and other groups who have not always been well served.
We’re transforming the health system to better:
Legislation which gives effect to the health system reform passed into law at the end of June 2022. This enabled the establishment on 1 July 2022 of a national system made up of three entities – Manatu Hauora – Ministry of Health, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, and Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority.
New beginning for Health System: Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill passes third reading(external link)
On 1 July 2022, New Zealand's national health system was established. Having a national system means changes can be made over time to achieve better outcomes for New Zealanders’ health.
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