Health

This information, from Stats NZ, remains unchanged – since 2014.

Between 1996 and 2006, health expectancy at birth increased 1.7 years for females and 2.7 years for males

  • Health expectancy at birth increased steadily for all females between 1996 and 2006, from 67.5 years to 69.2 years.
  • Health expectancy for all males increased over the same period, from 64.7 years to 67.4 years, closing the gender gap most rapidly between 2001 and 2006.
  • Changes in health expectancy occur over long timeframes.

This data is from the NZ Progress Indicator – Statistics New Zealand

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Information from the OECD provides a fuller picture on our health

OECD Chronic Health Risk factors

(i) Smoking: lower rate than the OECD average of 20.9%

(ii) Excessive Weight Gain: higher than the OECD average –

  • NZ obesity rate is 27.8% OECD 17.2%.
  • Obesity’s prevalence foreshadows increases in the occurrence of health problems
  • such as diabetes
  • cardiovascular diseases and
  • asthma

Overall this contributes to higher health care costs

OECD – Comparative spending on health care

  • Health spending is estimated at 10.3% of GDP – higher than the OECD average of 9.4%.
  • below the OECD average in terms of total health spending per person, at 3 182 USD in 2011, compared with an OECD average of 3 322 USD.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, total health spending in New-Zealand increased in real terms by 5.1% per year on average, a faster rate than the OECD average of 4.0%.
  • This growth rate then slowed down to less than 2.0% per year between 2010 and 2011.

OECD – Comparative spending on health care

  • Health spending is estimated at 10.3% of GDP – higher than the OECD average of 9.4%.
  • below the OECD average in terms of total health spending per person, at 3 182 USDin 2011, compared with an OECD average of 3 322 USD.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, total health spending in New-Zealand increased in real terms by 5.1% per year on average, a faster rate than the OECD average of 4.0%.
  • This growth rate then slowed down to less than 2.0% per year between 2010 and 2011.