In 1999, Government spending on health was $5.88 billion. Expenditure next year is budgeted to be $10.73 billion – a staggering 82.7% increase.
Yet as most people know, health outcomes have only increased slightly, or in some areas not at all. Health funding seems to have become a black hole.
Tony Ryall points out one of the reasons. There are an extra 1,786 health bureaucrats now, than in 1999. And that is just at the DHBs who have 9,669 administrators. That excludes the 1,100 health ministry staff!