Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - March 2019

Health Enrolments

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • The number of peaople enrolled with a primary health organisation in Hamilton City in the year to March 2019 increased by 3.6% compared with the previous year. Growth was higher relative to New Zealand, where the number of enrolments increased by 1.7%.
  • An average of 154,870 people were enroled with primary healthcare providers in Hamilton City in the 12 months ended March 2019. This compares with an average of 147,407 since the start of the series in 2013.

National overview

Average health enrolments rose 1.7% over the 12 months to March 2019. This compares to Statistics New Zealand’s estimated population growth of 1.8% over the same period. The Ministry of Health has changed its recording system for health enrolments, meaning that although overall enrolments have increased 1.7%, the recorded enrolees in each DHB has fallen as a result of a different way of coding enrolments. Given the importance of having a sense of population changes throughout New Zealand and noting that international migration statistics at a local level are unavailable and would be too unreliable, Infometrics has adjusted our methodology to estimate health enrolments by local area to provide our best estimate of population change at a regional level.