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More Counties Manukau patients receive specialist assessment

Published: Wed 9 Sep 2015 09:06 AM
More Counties Manukau patients receive specialist assessments
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows a record number of Counties Manukau patients received a medical or surgical First Specialist Assessment (FSA) in the last year.
“Increasing access to specialist care has been a priority for this Government. New data shows more New Zealanders than ever before are receiving FSAs,” says Dr Coleman.
“Across the country around 10 per cent of New Zealanders had one or more FSAs in the last financial year for either medical or surgical needs.
“In the last financial year 58,320 Counties Manukau patients received a medical or surgical FSA compared to 47,365 in 2008/2009 - an increase of 23 per cent.”
24,040 Counties Manukau patients received a medical FSA in the last financial year, compared to 17,565 in 2008/2009 – a 37 per cent increase. 34,280 patients received a surgical FSA in the last financial year, compared to29,800 in 2008/2009 - an increase of 15 per cent.
As a result of speeding up access to FSAs more Counties Manukau patients are getting the operations they need. In the last financial year 17,533 elective surgeries were carried out, compared to 13,102 in 2007/2008 - a 34 per cent increase.
“While there is still more to be done, we are heading in the right direction. The answer to increased demand is to do more – whether it’s assessments or operations,” says Dr Coleman.
“These improvements are a credit to our dedicated health workforce, and are supported by the $400 million extra invested into health in Budget 2015.”
This is supported by the $333 million funding increase Counties Manukau DHB has received over the last seven years. This includes $24 million in new money for this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.361 billion for 2015/2016.
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