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Health System Reform announcement

KPMG supports and welcomes the recently announced Health Sector Reform

The proposed design of the national health system, consolidating 20 District Health Boards and 30 Primary Health Organisations into Health NZ and a streamlined Ministry of Health, should lead to more agile and efficient services. It will leave more funding and resources for front line health care, in areas where it is needed the most, to deliver on better and more equitable health outcomes for Aotearoa.

We also welcome the emphasis on enabling greater access and pathways to care in the community and in primary care, to provide better and earlier care to all, reducing the need for expensive hospital treatment.

A new agency with a sole focus of driving hauora Maori, with the necessary mana and commissioning power, should help to provide the much needed uplift in Maori Health outcomes.

The Covid pandemic amplified the need for greater coordination and investment in public health to halt the spread of Covid as quickly as possible. The newly created Public Health agency should embed and sustain the greater coordination needed to manage public health and pandemic risks more effectively. 

Rachel Scott, our lead partner for KPMG Hauora comments:

I’ve been really looking forward to reading this report. The proposed changes it brings will be profound from the ground up. Having worked in the Ministry of Health, I have seen at first hand the talented people working hard in the Ministry and the Health sector to keep us safe and healthy. There will be a state of flux whilst the transition is underway and I hope that the changes will create an environment where the much needed talented people will continue to be able to flourish. This already stressed sector will need support for their own health and wellbeing. This reform is ambitious and there is much to be done to transition in the timeframes proposed, if this system is to be in place by July 2022. We have one shot at this and it must be done right to improve the health system in this once-in-a-lifetime change. I look forward to seeing the new system becoming a reality for the health and wellbeing of Aotearoa to achieve pae ora, better health for all.

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New Zealand has been one of the few countries in the world able to pursue an elimination strategy in their COVID-19 response. This COVID-19 response has required close collaboration and coordinated decision-making in the health sector between multiple departments and several layers of government, such as between the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards, laboratories and public health units. KPMG's network of expertise enables us to provide the right team to help improve outcomes and support New Zealand on a national level, backed by a leading and well-equipped global healthcare practice.

Healthcare, aged care and social service systems must manage the often competing demands of quality, access and cost. As New Zealand’s population ages, technological solutions advance and stakeholder expectations increase, the demand for health, aged care and human services only continues to grow. The pressure to continuously improve outcomes within a fiscally constrained environment is a challenge for all providers.

KPMG offers governments, not-for-profit and private sector providers with a range of advisory, tax and audit services. Successfully helping payers and providers meet their business challenges requires an in-depth knowledge and experience in the sectors in which they operate. 

KPMG brings together professionals with health, aged care and social services experience and insight to assist Government, not-for-profit and private sector providers to achieve better health and social outcomes for New Zealanders. Our team of professionals, with backgrounds in aged care, clinical services and government policy, bring an informed perspective on market challenges and opportunities from one sector to another to share best practice and leading thinking. 

Contact our KPMG Hauora team

Digital Health Partner

Transformation and Advisory Lead Partner

KPMG Hauora Lead Partner, Risk and Assurance Services Partner

Health Infrastructure Lead Partner

KPMG Lighthouse (Analytics and AI centre of excellence) Lead Partner 

Head of Government Practice

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