Santosh Jatrana, Ph.D., D.P.H., and Peter Crampton, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., M.P.H.
S. Jatrana and P. Crampton, "Primary Health Care in New Zealand: Who Has Access?" Health Policy, Nov. 2009 93(1):1–10.
Little is known about the socioeconomic and health characteristics of those New Zealanders who face financial barriers when accessing primary health care, including general practitioner services, prescription drugs, and dental care. Using results from a national survey, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers assessed the demographic, socioeconomic, health behavior, and health determinants of financial barriers to primary care.
Among the 18,320 survey respondents:
The authors conclude that a substantial group of New Zealanders continue to face financial barriers to necessary primary care, in spite of recent government efforts to reduce copayments for that care. The authors suggest that lowering cost-related barriers to care would make primary health care more accessible, particularly dental care.