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17 November 2014
Strategy needed to avert health funding crisis - HFANZ
A strategy to avoid a looming public health financing crisis is among recommendation from the health insurance industry contained in a briefing paper for Government ministers released today. more
Briefing paper more

10 November 2014
Independent wait list monitor needed: HFANZ
In the wake of yet another study critical of access to public surgery, health insurers are calling for regular independent monitoring of elective surgery need. more

3 November 2014
Health claims hit record
Health insurance claims hit a new record of $265 million in the September quarter as policy numbers continue to stabilise, according to data released today by the Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ) more

15 September 2014
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News September 2014
Political parties talk health insurance, private health spending leads OECD increase, HFANZ members set up integrity register, Growth in claims & premiums. more

29 August 2014
Parties quizzed on future health financing and attitudes to private health insurance
The Health Funds Association has quizzed political parties on their suggestions for dealing with future health funding challenges, in particular how to rebalance public and private funding shares, and their openness to options for encouraging a higher uptake of health insurance as part of any solution.
HFANZ chief executive Roger Styles said there were a range of suggestions in the responses, with some of the smaller parties having the most promising ideas. Most parties accepted that the present public spending track was unsustainable and were open to assessing options for rebalancing. Some of the policy suggestions included rebates on health insurance, some form of tax-deductibility, and the exploration of savings schemes to fund healthcare through insurance. There was also some support for better definition around what is and isn't covered by the public sector.
The parties' responses to our questions are here

29 July 2014
Annual Review 2014
Review of the year ended March 2014 including activities and key statistics. more

28 July 2014
Growth in health claims, premiums - HFANZ
Health insures have seen modest growth in claims and premium over the past year as public spending growth continues to reined in, the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

15 May 2014
Budget misses 'big picture' on health - HFANZ
Today's budget is just "tinkering" with health and does nothing to resolve the unsustainability in the present funding model, the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

14 May 2014
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News May 2014
Australian, Irish face health system upheaval, Insurers target younger audience with a new type of comprehensive policy, Seven million sign up for Obamacare, Health Insurance closes in on $1b claims milestone. more

23 April 2014
Health insurance closes in on $1 billion claims milestone
The health insurance industry will fund a billion dollars in health  claims this year, according to statistics released by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

10 February 2014
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News February 2014
Inside this issue Public reject Treasury options, Elective funding "band-aid" gives wrong message, Health insurance boost first since 2009. more

3 February 2014
Health insurance boost first time since 2009
Health insurance numbers are showing signs of growth after more than four years of decline, in a reflection of New Zealand's improved economic outlook, according to the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

29 January 2014
Elective funding 'band-aid' gives wrong message - HFANZ
Public funding for another 1800 elective surgeries is a sticking plaster approach that misses the big picture and gives New Zealanders the wrong message on future health funding, says the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

6 January 2014
Expectation public hospital waiting lists will just get longer
More than half of New Zealand adults believe public hospital waiting lists will only get longer in the future, according to research by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ) and the Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA). more

29 December 2013
Lengthy time off work for sick and caregivers costly to country
An average of five weeks per person is being lost from the workforce as a result of surgical waiting list back-ups, a new survey has found. more

12 December 2013
Elective surgery report released
A major report on elective surgical need in New Zealand has been released by HFANZ and NZPSHA. It shows an estimated 280,000 waiting for surgery. Private sector calls for dialogue and better engagement in future health care planning. more

Download Executive Summary here
Download Full report here

15 November 2013
Health insurers pay out record claims
Health insurers have paid out half a billion dollars in the claims in the past six months, mostly on elective surgery, following back-to-back record claims quarters, according to statistics released today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ) more

9 October 2013
ACC levy cuts mustn't be at expense of access to surgery: HFANZ
Health insurers want ACC to add a principle to its levy-setting process to ensure adequate access to surgical treatment in rehabilitation, reducing the number of surgery claims being rejected and appealed more

9 October 2013
Submission to ACC: Levy consultation 2014
This submission seeks that a further principle be added to ACC levy setting to ensure adequate access to surgical treatment in rehabilitation and that levy rates reflects this more

25 September 2013
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News September 2013
Inside this issue Unemployment rate has impact on private health insurance - survey, Private health spending still lags behind OECD average, Southern Cross private hospitals renew calls for rebate, FBT removal, Health insurers fund record levels of treatment. more

27 August 2013
Health insurers fund record level of treatments
Health insurers paid out a record $245 million in health insurance claims in the June 2013 quarter, according to statistics released today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ) more

8 July 2013
Annual Review 2013
Review of the year ended March 2013 including activities and key statistics. more

24 May 2013
Health Insurance numbers down 0.5 percent
The first three months of 2013 saw a reduction of half a percent in the number of New Zealanders with health insurance cover, according to figures released today by the Health Funds Association. more


27 March 2013
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News March 2013
Inside this issue NZ First Health Care Bill welcomed, Treasury suggests Co-pays & rationing to contain public health spending, Record health claims underline sector's value. more

28 February 2013
Health insurance industry welcomes Affordable Healthcare Bill
The Health Funds Association (HFANZ) today welcomed the announcement of a New Zealand First member's bill proposing:
- A 25 percent health insurance rebate for people over 65.
- The removal of fringe benefit tax from health insurance to incentivise employers to include health insurance in salary packages. more

11 February 2013
Record health claims underline sector's value: HFANZ
2012 was another record year for health insurance claims paid - at $876 million - up 5.2 percent on the 2011 year, according to figures released today by the Health Funds Association. more

3 December 2012
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News December 2012
Inside this issue Treasury reviews long-term projections, Obamacare going back to Court of Appeals, Australian firm buys Tower's health insurance business, HFANZ Contacts, Order our brochure. more

18 October 2012
Health insurance outlook improves as public uncertainty builds
The number of New Zealanders covered by health insurance in September was virtually unchanged from the previous quarter, according to data released today. more

7 September 2012
Pharmac extension welcomed
The Government's commitment to extending the Pharmac model to medical devices and supplies has been welcomed today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

31 July 2012
Health insurance numbers stabilising - HFANZ
The number of New Zealanders with health insurance is showing shows of stabilising after several consecutive quarters of decline, according to figures released today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

10 July 2012
Annual Review 2012
Review of the year ended March 2012 including activities and key statistics. more

29 June 2012
United States Supreme Court health care ruling
Future funding of healthcare is the biggest public policy issue of out time. more

17 May 2012
Cover Stories - Health Insurance News May 2012
Inside this issue Keeping it in context, Australia to means-test health insurance rebate, Budget austerity, HFANZ Contacts, Order our brochure. more

27 April 2012
Health insurance numbers down 2 percent: HFANZ
The number of New Zealanders with health insurance dropped almost 2 percent in the year to March, according to figures released today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more

10 February 2012
Health insurance numbers stabilising: HFANZ
Data showing the recent decline in health cover is stabilising has been welcomed today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). more


31 January 2012
Briefing papers warn of looming health funding crisis
The health insurance sector has highlighted the need to address a growing imbalance in the health funding over the next two decades in papers briefing the incoming Minister of Health released today. more

Download Health Minister briefing paper