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Annual Report Highlights Services Provided

A copy of our annual report can be found at this link on our website. Hard copy versions are available on request.

http://www.waikatodhb.govt.nz/wdhb/default.asp?Content=1380

Media Release

Date: 29 November 2007

Annual Report Highlights Services Provided

Waikato District Health Board spent $709 million - $77.32 million more than the previous year - delivering a variety of health services to the region in 2006/2007.

Half of it went to Health Waikato, the board's own hospital and health services provider arm, which operates hospitals in Hamilton, Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui as well as two continuing care facilities in Morrinsville and Te Awamutu and the Henry Bennett Centre Mental Health facility in Hamilton.

The board's annual report, tabled in Parliament this week, provides a snapshot picture.

It reveals that every day Waikato DHB spends on average $243,700 on drugs and to pay community pharmacists to provide and dispense medicines and services; $159,400 to subsidise people's visits to general practitioners and other PHO activities; $10,400 to subsidise visits to dentists; $72,300 to pay for the laboratory tests ordered for patients by GPs; $139,900 for rest home and hospital care of older people and $49,400 for home-based care and support of older people in their own homes.

This is in addition to the inpatient and outpatient services provided by Health Waikato.

Publicly-funded health services in Waikato are provided by 262 GPS, 52 dentists, 79 pharmacies, 47 community mental health, 30 community personal health, 21 Maori, and one Pacific provider; two community laboratories, four radiology providers, 120 lead maternity carers, 62 rest homes and residential hospitals for older people and five home-based support service providers including Health Waikato.

Waikato DHB covers 21,220 square kilometres or 7.9 per cent of New Zealand's land area. It is home to 342,650 people - 8.28 per cent of the New Zealand population.

ENDS

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