24 November 2004
District Health Board Financial Statistics: September 2004 quarter
District Health Boards Record Operating Deficit
The combined deficit of New Zealand's 21 district health boards (DHBs) was $15.3 million for the September 2004
quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. This was a $14.8 million increase on the $0.5 million deficit recorded in
the June 2004 quarter, and is $10.2 million higher than the deficit in the September 2003 quarter.
Total DHB expenses rose by $34.2 million, to $2,031.0 million in the September 2004 quarter. The two major components
of this expenditure are the direct provision of public hospital and health services (HHS), at $1,174.8 million, and the
purchase of medical services from non-government providers and inter-DHB services, at $832.0 million. The total
operating expenses of the HHS providers were 0.5 percent lower than in the June 2004 quarter, but 6.8 percent higher
when compared with the September 2003 quarter. Employee costs, the key expense item, was down 2.5 percent (to $713.7
million) compared with the June 2004 quarter.
Total DHB revenue rose to $2,015.7 million, with funding from the Ministry of Health increasing by $14.7 million (to
$1,660.5 million) compared with the June 2004 quarter. Total DHB investment in fixed assets was $88.6 million in the
September 2004 quarter, down 20.5 percent on the June 2004 quarter. For the year ended 30 September 2004, DHBs spent
$363.5 million on additions to fixed assets, down 20.6 percent on the previous 12 months.