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New Zealand model to promote better care across Europe
A recent White Paper suggests that New Zealand can provide a model to improve healthcare across Europe.
The White Paper, Better Information for Better Care – New Zealand’s Approach to Efficient and Affordable Care, commissioned by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, explores how New Zealand has combined policy, system design and information technology to transform its healthcare system.
Malcolm Pollock, director of the National Institute for Health Innovation and author of the White Paper, commented: “New Zealand’s size has enabled a highly responsive approach to the development of sustainable healthcare systems. The country has pioneered advances in many areas of healthcare, ranging from medical devices and bio-pharmaceutical products to cost-saving IT solutions.”
“With a small, geographically dispersed population and remote locations, New Zealand has strong incentives to develop and implement new approaches to healthcare delivery using innovative health technology,” said Chai Chuah, National Director of the National Health Board, the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
“New Zealand is committed to improving its health system on a sustainable basis and realises that new approaches are required to increase quality cost effectively. We are currently focusing on more clinically-led innovative models of care; wider involvement of patients and consumers in designing our future health services and greater integration of investment in IT, workforce and infrastructure.”