The government has unveiled sweeping new health changes in a bid to resuscitate an ailing inequitable system, that's ended in a postcode lottery.
All 20 DHBs are being scrapped along with democratically elected boards. In their place, Health NZ will have four regional branches and district offices, and a board appointed by the Minister.
A dedicated Māori health unit is being set-up with commissioning powers. And a budget yet to be decided.
Health Minister Andrew Little explains why he thinks this system will be better than what we have now.