Story: Pacific Island health

Preventable hospital admissions

In the early 2010s, Pacific people were more likely than average to be hospitalised for conditions that might have been prevented by earlier access to primary health care, such as doctors' visits. Common conditions among Pacific people include asthma and diabetes. The higher rate of hospital admissions was partly explained by traditional beliefs about health care and poor access to primary health-care providers.

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How to cite this page:

Colin Tukuitonga, 'Pacific Island health - Risk factors and health service delivery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Colin Tukuitonga, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 9 Jan 2019