January 13, 2019

2018 saw the number of New Zealanders with health insurance pass the 1.4 million mark for the first time in more than 20 years. If we look back over the last couple of decades, it’s easy to see the technological leaps that have been made in almost every field, and heal...

September 24, 2018

Industry codes play an important role in ensuring consumers get a fair deal.

The Health Funds Association first adopted an industry code 26 years ago in July 1992, and the Insurance Council also has one of long standing. It is good to see the Financial Services Council...

November 29, 2017

Latest figures showing health insurers paid out more than half a billion dollars in claims to New Zealanders aged over 60 in the past year prove the value of retaining health insurance into retirement.

Health Funds Association statistics released last week said total cl...

June 25, 2017

A surge in employer interest in creating a healthier workforce is pushing health insurance numbers higher, says Roger Styles, chief executive of the Health Funds Association of New Zealand.

The number of New Zealanders covered by health insurance jumped by 24,000 – or n...

March 15, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English last week made a decisive move to raise the superannuation age to 67 from 2040, but the Government also needs to address the issue of future healthcare costs at the same time.

Thanks to an ageing population, healthcare inflation, and the rise...

September 12, 2016

A research report produced by TDB Advisory has found the existence of private health insurance (PHI) in New Zealand benefits government and the economy by about half a billion dollars annually.

Unlike previous research which has sought to look at the impacts of particul...

July 25, 2016

The New Zealand Health strategy contains a number of worthy goals and objectives, including the focus on technology and smart systems. However the degree to which we can deliver on future health outcomes will likely be significantly constrained by available funding, wh...

May 18, 2016

New Zealand already spends a bigger chunk of its tax revenue on healthcare than any OECD country – about $15 billion annually. On top of this, we’ve had repeated warnings from Treasury over the past decade that our health policies are unsustainable, with spending proje...

March 7, 2016

A potent combination of demographics, healthcare inflation and the rise of new treatments mean the nation’s healthcare costs will continue to rise at rates well in excess of consumer price inflation.

In recent years, a handbrake has been applied to the rate of public sp...

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