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Vote Health

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister of Health (M36)



Overview of the Vote

Vote Health ($16,142 million in 2016/17) is the primary source of funding for New Zealand's health and disability system (ACC is the other major source of public funding). It is a significant investment for the Crown, typically making up around a fifth of government expenditure. The services funded are intended to support all New Zealanders to live well, stay well, and get well, in a health system that is people-powered, provides services closer to home, is designed for value and high performance, and works as one team in a smart system. The Vote comprises:

  • $12,220 million (75.7% of the Vote) is provided to 20 district health boards (DHBs) for services to meet the needs of each district's population, taking into account regional considerations, government priorities, and the strategic direction set for the health sector. Among the many services provided or funded by DHBs are hospital care; most aged care, mental health, and primary care services; the combined pharmaceuticals budget; and some public health services, including those provided by Public Health Units
  • $2,659 million (16.5% of the Vote) funds health and disability services, funded at a national level, and managed by the Ministry of Health, comprising:
    • National Disability Support Services ($1,165 million or 7.2% of the Vote)
    • Public Health Service Purchasing ($401 million or 2.5% of the Vote)
    • National Elective Services ($356 million or 2.2% of the Vote)
    • Primary Health Care Strategy ($186 million or 1.2% of the Vote)
    • National Maternity Services ($147 million or 0.9% of the Vote)
    • National Personal Health Services ($99 million or 0.6% of the Vote)
    • National Emergency Services ($100 million or 0.6% of the Vote)
    • National Child Health Services ($85 million or 0.5% of the Vote)
    • National Mental Health Services ($59 million or 0.4% of the Vote)
    • Other national services ($61 million or 0.4% of the Vote)
  • $459 million (2.8% of the Vote) for the support, oversight, governance, and development of the health and disability sectors, comprising:
    • Ministry of Health operating costs ($195 million or 1.1% of the Vote) and capital investment ($15 million or 0.1% of the Vote)
    • Health Workforce Training and Development ($180 million or 1.1% of the Vote)
    • Monitoring and protecting health and disability consumer interests ($28 million or 0.2% of the Vote)
    • National Health Information Systems ($13 million or 0.1% of the Vote)
    • Other expenses ($28 million or 0.2% of the Vote)
  • $803 million (5.0% of the Vote) for capital investment, comprising: sector capital investment ($678 million or 4.2% of the Vote), technical expenditure ($75 million or 0.5% of the Vote), and a provision for deficit support for DHBs ($50 million or 0.3% of the Vote).




Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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