May 22, 2014
More reporting needed on Maori health
The Auditor-General wants district health boards to report more information about the extent of disparities in their population and the progress in reducing those disparities.
Lyn Provost’s report into the performance of the $14 billion public heath system says there have been improvements in the reporting by DHBs on reducing Maori health disparities, and she wants to see more of it.
She says collective good health is part of the social and economic well-being of New Zealand.
Ms Provost identified a significant problem in the reporting on the $5.7 billion a year on services that DHBs buy from third parties, such as primary health organisations and other non-governmental organisations.
She says DHBs had limited controls over the performance information reported to them by third parties and did not check the reported information to ensure that it was reliable.
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