COMMENT

According to a recent news item, District Health Board deficits are set to expand to around $500 million for the year, a substantial sum on a total annual health budget of about $20 billion.

Perhaps this is to be expected after a decade of a funding squeeze, and the current government is to be applauded for its larger Budget allocations to health.

But is the money going to the right places in the health system?

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Hospital services seem to be the main beneficiaries, and yet there is a very substantial and important primary and community sector that has lagged

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