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New Zealand’s healthcare system is pretty successful in terms of delivering treatments and caring for its citizens. In recent years, New Zealand has been at the top of lowest expenditure per capita – mainly due to an overall increased health of its citizens. It nearly spent half the amount spent per capita in the US for healthcare purposes.

The system is a bit complicated, mainly due to recent changes made to it. The system is divided naturally between public and private sectors, each being responsible for a number of instances and practices. People visiting or living in New Zealand that are part of an accident which leads to injury are covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation.

The District Health Boards control the hospitals which are usually deemed highly efficient, modern and composing an extensive network of healthcare facilities. PHARMAC, New Zealand’s government agency dealing in primary care is responsible for family doctors and other non-specialist doctors. St. John New Zealand offers emergency services for free around the country.

Last recorded, New Zealand spent 8.9% of GDP on healthcare – 77% of which being provided by the government alone.

Per capita general expenditure has been evaluated at about US$2,400. Life expectancy reaches 80 years. Abortions are legal in New Zealand – but two doctors must give their consent before the procedure is to be taken into consideration.