Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - December 2019

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • The number of people enrolled with a primary health organisation in Hamilton City in the year to December 2019 increased by 4.8% compared with the previous year. Growth was higher relative to New Zealand, where the number of enrolments increased by 2.3%.
  • An average of 160,148 people were enroled with primary healthcare providers in Hamilton City in the 12 months ended December 2019. This compares with an average of 149,744 since the start of the series in 2013.

National overview

Health enrolment growth towards the end of 2019 rose considerably, causing year-end growth in enrolments to speed up to 2.3%pa. Health enrolment growth has started to diverge from national population growth, which slowed back to 1.4%pa in December 2019. The sharp rise in enrolments in recent months is likely due in part to the measles outbreak, which will have seen more people enrol who hadn’t previously done so. Although the divergence in enrolments and headline population estimates makes it difficult to track local population movements, this series still provides a useful and timely insight into those accessing health services in local areas.