Having good access to healthcare is defined as people being able to get affordable care within an appropriate timeframe. Healthier populations tend to have strong primary health care, usually through GP services. The WHO Report 2008 encourages all countries to orient their health care systems toward strengthened primary care. There is a relationship between the use of after-hours health care and age, gender and household income.
In 2008, the level of unmet need for a GP was significantly lower in Canterbury-at 4.7% for women and 3.4% for men-than in New Zealand as a whole (7.8% and 5.7% for women and men respectively). Māori women in Canterbury were more likely to experience an unmet need for a GP than all women.
Read the full issue summary on access to primary healthcare [PDF] - updated July 2016.