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Managing Long Term Health Expenditure Information Release

Issue date: 
Thursday, 4 June 2009
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The Treasury has released material relating to the Treasury's work on long term challenges in health.

Long Term Health Project

The Treasury's Long-term Fiscal Statement (2006) projects public health expenditure doubling as a fraction of GDP by 2050, even with relatively optimistic assumptions. Continuing recent growth trends would have an even bigger fiscal impact. It is clear from these projections that the recent health spending track is not fiscally sustainable.

The current Treasury project on developing a strategy to manage long term health expenditure is an important component of the strategic result area on long term fiscal sustainability that is included in Treasury's Statement of Intent. The long term project also forms a key part of the Treasury Health section's result plan. The Treasury Health section has several streams of work underway to better understand the drivers of health expenditure and possible future expenditure paths, as well as options for moderating spending growth.


The documents that have been released here are presentations on the need to manage long term health expenditure that Treasury officials have given in various public fora. Each presentation shows progression in thinking on the related issues as further work has been undertaken. This page will be updated with future work when appropriate.

Documents are available in Adobe PDF format only. HTML versions can be supplied on request by Information Services.
Using PDF Files
Date Type Title Download
7 Jun 2007 Presentation Health Expenditure: A Long-term Economic and Fiscal Lens
Released 30 Jun 2008. Presentation by Peter Mersi, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury on 7 June 2007 to Counties Manukau District Health Board Sustainable Health Services Conference.
mlthe-pres-expen-7jun07.pdf (577 KB)

10 Oct 2007 Presentation Strategic Context for Workforce: Value for Money over Time
Released 30 Jun 2008. Presentation to Health Research Council Innovation Conference.
mlthe-pres-strategic-10oct07.pdf (571 KB)

29 Feb 2008 Presentation Value for Money and Health: A Treasury Perspective
Released 30 Jun 2008. Presentation to Value for Money Champions Conference.
mlthe-pres-expen-29feb08.pdf (464 KB)

22 May 2008 Presentation Health System Sustainability in the Long-term: Why We Need to Act Today
Released 30 Jun 2008. Presentation to Wellington Health Economists Group.
mlthe-pres-sustain-22may08.pdf (354 KB)

12 May 2009 Presentation New Zealand Health System: The Future is Now
Released 22 May 2009. Presentation to New Zealand Institute of Health Management
mlthe-pres-system-12may09.pdf (374 KB)


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Last updated: 
Tuesday, 9 June 2009