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07 Nov 2018

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New Zealand population - 4.7 million

Median age 38 years

Male 48.7%

Female 51.3%

Average household size 2.7 people

Male life expectancy 79.5 years

Female life expectancy 83.2 years

Chance of illness in NZ

Stroke 1.5%

Heart disease 4.9%

High cholesterol 11.5%

Asthma 12%

High blood pressure 16.6%

Arthritis 16.9%

Chonic pain 20.2%

New Zealand health stats

CANCER

Every day in NZ around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer.

DIABETES

Over 200,000 people have been diagnosed diabetes (predominately type 2). About 100,000 who have diabetes are currently undiagnosed.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Heart, stroke, blood vessel disease. This is the leading cause of death in NZ, making up 40% of deaths annually.

MENTAL HEALTH

One in six Kiwi adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder in their life time.

GP VISITS

Average of 2.8 visits a year for adults.

DENTIST VISITS

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.

Treatment

About 318,000 surgeries were performed in a year (2016/17)

Waiting times

Public 177 days

Private 76 days

Important things to know

Information is based on data from 2004-2018.