Story: Hospitals

Charitable aid

Charitable aid

Most people had to pay for treatment at early public hospitals, which were run by charitable aid boards from 1885. People assessed as 'paupers' (very poor people) were treated for free. Boards and some members of the public were quick to expose those they believed were ripping off the system. In this newspaper clipping from 1894 the chair of the Dunedin Charitable Aid Board says that this system worked well, despite the fact that some people seemed to take unwarranted advantage of it.

Using this item

National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Timaru Herald, 12 May 1894, p. 3

Permission of the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Linda Bryder, 'Hospitals - Hospital funding and patient entitlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Linda Bryder, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 13 Jun 2018, updated 1 Jul 2022