Health Systems of Australia and New Zealand

Diana M.S. Hetzel, John D. Glover, Sarah K. McDonald

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Australia and New Zealand are developed nations with generally healthy populations and long life expectancies when compared internationally. Both health systems provide tax-funded, subsidized health and hospital care and pharmac0101eutical items to their populations. While overall levels of health are good, these benefits are not spread equally across the populations, and Indigenous Australians and New Zealand Maori and Pacific peoples fare worst on many socioeconomic and health indicators. Addressing these inequalities and responding to the increasing burden of age-related disease and disability are challenges that both countries will have to meet, despite rising health-care costs and workforce pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016


  • Australia
  • Delivery of health care
  • Financing, health
  • Health status
  • Health system - organization and administration
  • Health-care reform
  • Indigenous health - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Maori health
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islander health
  • Pharmaceutical subsidy
  • Primary health care
  • Private health insurance


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