Wait times up as 280,000 New Zealander’s queue for elective surgery.

Independent research shows the number of New Zealanders waiting for elective surgery remains at 2013 levels, despite increases to both public and private health funding. The research by TNS New Zealand, commissioned by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ) and the Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA), found 110,000 New Zealanders were on official waiting lists, but a further 170,000 had not been placed on waiting lists despite being told they required elective surgery. These numbers were consistent with the findings of a similar 2013 study, although higher than figures cited recently by the Ministry of Health. HFANZ chief executive Roger Styles said the new TNS research gave a bett

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