The cost of child health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand: a preliminary scoping study

BMC Public Health, 06/08/2012

This preliminary study suggests that health sector spending is skewed towards non–Maori children despite evidence of greater Maori need. Persistent child health inequities result in significant societal economic costs. Eliminating child health inequities, particularly in primary care access, could result in significant economic benefits for New Zealand. However, there are conceptual and methodological challenges in estimating the economic cost of child health inequities. Re–thinking of traditional economic frameworks and development of more appropriate methodologies is required.

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