The reforms are driven by the Government’s vision of improved healthcare nationwide and a “levelling of the playing field’ in disadvantaged communities.
At the heart of the reforms is a desire to end the so-called "postcode lottery" that currently delivers varied wait times for patients across NZ.
It comes as Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital was forced to divert ambulances to other hospitals last Tuesday night.
Wait times around NZ are increasing, with nearly 36,000 Kiwis waiting over four months for treatment in 2022.
It’s been more than 700 days since the Covid-19 pandemic completely changed the way Air New Zealand was operating.