Today's Budget has revealed a funding increase of $32 million for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said this funding injection tool the health board's total allocation to a record level.

"Bay of Plenty DHB will receive an extra $32 million in new money this year, taking the DHB's total funding to $718 million for 2016/17. That's an extra $202 million in funding over the last eight years," Dr Coleman said.

"Delivering better health services remains this Government's number one funding priority."

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Dr Coleman said the Government's investment in health would reach a record $16.1 billion in 2016/17. An extra $568 million would be invested for 2016/17 - the biggest increase in seven years, and almost $170 million more than last year.


Extra health funding over the next four years included:

• $124 million for Pharmac to provide more access to new medicines.

• $96 million to provide more elective surgery, a key Government priority.

• $39.3 million to start the roll-out of a bowel screening programme.

• $42 million for vulnerable groups:
- $18 million to expand the Healthy Homes Initiative which aims to reduce preventable diseases in young children;

- $12 million to increase support for primary care and social services to enable people to access mental health help earlier;

- $12 million to expand a successful programme which provides intensive alcohol and drug support for pregnant women.