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Page updated 5 Oct 2017

Overview of Treasury information, research and policy publications about health in New Zealand and government expenditure on health.

The Treasury's Role

The Treasury provides advice to Ministers on the purchase and regulation of health services. This advice covers areas such as the structure and management of health spending, institutional and governance arrangements in the health sector and health sector strategies and policies.

The Treasury also provides advice on the Crown's ownership interest in district health boards (DHBs). This includes monitoring the performance of DHBs and assessing capital investments. This work is carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, which has primary responsibility for performance monitoring and relationship management.


Health spending is reported in the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand. The most recent figure for core Crown health spending in New Zealand is $16.2 billion for the 2016/17 financial year. This figure is taken from the Analysis of Expenses by Functional Classification which is a section of the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2017.

The Budget Economic and Fiscal Update 2017 (BEFU) published on 25 May 2017 forecast that core Crown spending on health for the 2016/17 year will be $16.2 billion. Refer to the Core Crown Expense Tables for forecast spending out to 2020.

Treasury Research and Policy Papers

To read Treasury papers on health issues see the Health and Influenza subjects in the Research and Policy Papers section of the Publications index.

Health-Related Information Releases

There have been the following information releases of Treasury advice to Ministers and other material relating to the health sector on the Treasury website:

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