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At the same time, we’re focused on delivering better results for New Zealanders and their families from that money – with less waiting, more operations, and more doctors and nurses.

We’re also focused our investment on the areas that matter most. We’ve moved spending from the back office to the front line as part of our drive to deliver better and faster health services.

Our results so far:

  • More elective operations - nearly 50,000 more surgeries are being performed a year than when we came into government so New Zealanders can live free from pain.
  • 6,100 more doctors and nurses in our hospitals.
  • 93 per cent of 8-month-old babies fully immunised, protecting them from a range of potentially life-threatening illnesses.
  • If you have suspected cancer, getting tests and treatment much faster. All patients who need radiation or chemotherapy treatment, and are ready for it, begin treatment within only four weeks.
  • 780,000 children benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions, as well as free after-hours services for all children aged under 13.
  • A record $850 million for Pharmac in 2016/17, meaning it can fund more lifesaving drugs and treatments for more New Zealanders. Many of these medicines are cutting-edge and extremely expensive, putting them out of reach for many New Zealanders. Pharmac is now looking at funding new treatments for advanced melanoma, Hepatitis C, brain tumours and to help women cope with menopause.
  • 58,000 pre-schoolers benefitting from our policy of free B4 School Checks - which helps give children the best start at school by identifying and addressing any potential health and development problems.
  • We’re tackling childhood obesity - a new target means 95 per cent of children identified as obese in our free B4 School health checks will be referred to a health professional for support to improve their family’s lifestyle through better nutrition and more physical activity.
  • Around 110,000 children benefitting from our free fruit in schools programme, which is targeted at low-income families.
  • 700,000 New Zealanders aged 60 to 74 will be screened for bowel cancer once our national bowel screening programme is fully implemented. Around 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year and it’s one of New Zealand’s leading causes of death.
  • 1 million New Zealanders to potentially benefit through our Healthy Families initiative that encourages people to live healthier lives by making good food choices, being physically active, moderating alcohol consumption and being smoke-free.