Of targets, measures and the tricks to improving health system performance

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Of targets, measures and the tricks to improving health system performance

Tim Tenbensel

Tim Tenbensel

Arrow, dartboard

Recently all but snuffed out, the previous government’s set of national health targets were one way ministers kept DHBs in a state of fear and reverence, writes Tim Tenbensel. Were they worthwhile?

The health targets first emerged in 2007 from the then Labour Government, specifying priority areas for the ministry and the sector. In 2