August 06, 2021
New health indicators look outside hospitals
Health Minister Andrew Little has unveiled a new framework to measure the performance of the health and disability system.
He told today’s GP21 conference for general practice the Health System Indicators will replace the previous National Heath targets, which he said were outdated and led to perverse outcomes.
The indicators will focus on the areas that most need to improve – including Māori and Pacific health.
He said they were indicators, not targets, and would allow for local solutions to be implemented to address local health needs.
Dr Samantha Murton, the president of the College of GPs, said the new framework will make the health sector look outside the hospital walls to see what changes can be made in the community to improve health outcomes."
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