What is publicly funded health?

The terms public health and publicly funded health are often confused.  Public health is not the same as publicly funded health.

Publicly funded health includes all health and disability services funded from our taxes, including:

  • Personal health services (delivered to individuals)
  • Public health services (delivered to promote and protect community health).
  • Mental health services
  • Early detection and treatment services
  • Disability support services that are paid for by the Government.


National health budget allocation in New Zealand

  • 4.5% of the health budget in New Zealand is spent on public health
  • The remaining 95.5% of the health budget is spent on other health and disability services.


What is the relationship between public health and personal health?

  • Public health focuses on improving community health and population health using proven health promotion and health protection strategies promotion
  • Personal health focuses on treating the health of individuals.


Public health and personal health services are complementary. They are both important and necessary to achieve a positive change in the health of populations and individuals. Neither is effective alone. 





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