Health problems hit us everywhere from the head to the heart to the teeth, and that means a range of services. In the public health system, most services are free or subsidised. Amid advances in technology and increasing life expectancy, however, pressure on the health dollar is high.
NZ’s suicide rate is among the highest in the world, especially among young people. While nearly half of New Zealanders will experience mental illness or distress at some point in their lives, many go without services or treatment. There are growing calls for urgent action of one kind or another.