How we're funded

District Health Boards are publicly funded by the Ministry of Health based largely on their share of New Zealand’s population. This is known as population-based funding (PBF). It aims to equally allocate available health funding between DHBs according to the needs of their populations and the health and disability support services that are needed to meet those needs. We also receive additional funding from sources other than the Ministry, such as ACC, interest income, sale of goods and other commercial activity.

Our population

Census 2013 statistics show that South Canterbury has 1.3 percent of the New Zealand population. We have a high percentage of people aged 65 or older at 20.4%, the lowest percentage of Māori and Pacific Islanders at 7.2%, and more than double the national average for people living in rural areas – all things which affect our funding.

Where the funding goes

Each year South Canterbury DHB receives a set amount of money from the Ministry of Health according to the population-based funding (PBF) formula. The Ministry also gives some direction about what the money should be spent on. It does this through its funding agreements with each DHB, through specific performance standards (such as those for elective services), and through service coverage requirements (such as home based support services for older people or district nursing services in the community).