The land of the long white cloud... and the long waiting list
Read on for the reality...
New Zealand population - 4.7 million
Median age 38 years
Average household size 2.7 people
Male life expectancy 79.5 years
Female life expectancy 83.2 years
Chance of illness in NZ
Heart disease 4.9%
High cholesterol 11.5%
High blood pressure 16.6%
Chonic pain 20.2%
New Zealand health stats
Every day in NZ around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer.
Over 200,000 people have been diagnosed diabetes (predominately type 2). About 100,000 who have diabetes are currently undiagnosed.
Heart, stroke, blood vessel disease. This is the leading cause of death in NZ, making up 40% of deaths annually.
One in six Kiwi adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder in their life time.
Average of 2.8 visits a year for adults.
47% of adults visited a dentist in the past 12 months.
Cost of common surgeries
Wisdom teeth removal $3,000 - $5,500
Angioplasty $17,300 - $27,400
Heart bypass $35,000 - $50,000
Appendectomy $6,000 - $10,300
Hip replacement $20,000 - $27,000
Knee replacement $22,000 - $30,000
Chemotherapy $15,000 - $170,000
Costs based on nib claim statistics as at June 2016.
About 318,000 surgeries were performed in a year (2016/17)
Public 177 days
Private 76 days
Important things to know
Information is based on data from 2004-2018.