Continued Government denial astounding

The Government has again denied our growing mental health crisis at their big Mental Health announcement, says health funding coalition YesWeCare.nz.

The Health Minister today announced a “Claytons” mental health funding increase that will have to be found from within existing District Health Board budgets.

YesWeCare.nz Campaign Coordinator Simon Oosterman says the Governments ongoing denial of the mental health crisis is astounding.

“There has been a 60% increase in mental health and addictions users since 2007 but funding has only increased by 28%,” he says. “The Government has intentionally underfunded our health service by not matching funding with our ageing and growing population and increased mental health need.”

The Government increased Mental Health and Addictions funding from $1.096 billion in 2007/08 to $1.4 billion in 2015/16.

Ministry of Health data shows there were 104368 mental health and addiction service users in 2007/08 and 167840 in 2015/16.

Oosterman says the Government has underfunded health as a whole by at least $1.85 billion.

YesWeCare.nz is a new coalition of community groups and people working in health seeking a fully-funded health system.

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National Access Rates

National – Clients accessing Mental Health & Addiction Service

National – Clients accessing Mental Health & Addiction Service 2002/03 – Q2 2016/17

Actuals

4

7

10

13

16

19

22

25

34

46

58

Oct15-Sep16

 

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Q2 2016/17

Total Clients

Total Clients

87724

89417

93994

96310

100307

104368

111734

121196

132682

139389

151374

155956

158670

167840

167372

60.82%

Total Child & Youth (0-19 yrs)

20800

21193

22150

22787

23860

25006

27651

29947

33372

35953

39969

41467

43544

47208

47370

Total Adults (20-64 yrs)

59656

60367

63687

65461

67978

70597

72785

79436

86969

90835

97947

100645

100905

106336

105928

Total Older People (65+)

7268

7857

8157

8062

8469

8765

11298

11813

12341

12601

13458

13844

14221

14296

14074

http://nsfl.health.govt.nz/accountability/performance-and-monitoring/baseline-data-quarterly-reports-and-reporting/mental

Contacts

YesWeCare.nz campaign coordinator Simon Oosterman is available for interview on 027 526 8704.

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