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Southern Cross Announces Results
Southern Cross Medical Care Society recently released its Annual Report , highlighting over $600m worth of healthcare services funded in the 2012 financial year. This included the funding of 171,000 elective surgical procedures, up from 158,000 in the previous year.
Southern Cross Medical Care Society Chief Executive Officer Ian McPherson said non-public funders like Southern Cross provided significant relief to the public sector, by freeing up resources for emergency, acute and community health services.
“Despite a tough economic climate and the absence of any financial incentives to insure, 1.35 million New Zealanders choose to make provision for their own elective healthcare needs through health insurance. They place a high value on the knowledge that should they require care they can access it without delay and undue financial burden.”
McPherson said in the future, taking personal responsibility to fund elective healthcare needs will be even more necessary.
“Although the number of elective surgeries provided by District Health Boards is at record levels, so too is the demand for these services. This rising demand is being echoed in the private sector.”
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