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Expat guide to New Zealand: health care

In our latest expat guide, Peter Pallot looks at the health care system in New Zealand

New Zealand has a healthy image. Itâ??s those strapping All Blacks, skilfully marketed New Zealand lamb, virgin countryside and remoteness from pollution centres. In fact, the Antipodean outpost does do better than the UK, but not hugely so. Infant mortality is on a par at 4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, even if longevity is better.

Life expectancy at birth is 80.2 years, six-months longer than the UK. New Zealanders generally get value for money. The country spent less on health care than 14 developed countries in a 2010 study â?? and expenditure does not necessarily correlate to outcomes. Expenditure per head was a mere US$2,510, (£1,547) compared to the US at US$7,290.

This relatively efficient performance is partly due to a mix of public and private health care. There is strong uptake of private health insurance (as in Australia), partially triggered by long waits for state hospital treatment.

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