FUNDING ALLOCATIONS using the population-based funding formula
(PBFF) can vary by almost 25 per cent per capita between the country's 20 district health boards (DHBs), according to research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last month.
The District Health Board's ability to act was limited because refugee groups were not recognised as a priority group in national health policy and reducing inequalities strategies, or in a population-based funding formula.
Refugees and their ethnic groups are systemically overlooked in health policy, ethnicity data collection systems, population-based funding formulas, health research and reducing inequalities strategies.
The paper looks at the different CTA funding models for postgraduate nursing education and at the 2006 decision that saw postgraduate nursing training (PNT) funds allocated to DHBs, based on the population-based funding formula
. These funds are directed only to 800-level courses approved by Nursing Council, a situation supported by the nursing advisory group, which had evolved from the original expert advisory group.
The funds will be distributed to district health boards (DHB) according to the population-based funding formula
, The DHBs then negotiate with providers of aged-care services.