Adults with private health insurance cover in New Zealand by District Health Board of residence

2011–2015 average, % of adults in DHB (unadjusted)


Ethnicity is reported using total response ethnicity. The neighbourhood deprivation measure used is the New Zealand Index of Deprivation 2006 (NZDep2006). NZDep2006 is reported in quintiles 1–5 (1 = low; 5 = high) or most deprived versus least deprived areas. The neighbourhood deprivation rate ratio uses data from all the NZDep2006 quintiles to give a relative index of inequality rather than only using the data from quintiles 1 and 5.

Data calculation/treatment

By pooling several years of data from the 2011–15 NZHS, the authors have been able to provide robust results across different population groups. All results from 2011–15 presented in this report are weighted so that they are representative of the total adult population (those aged 15 years and over) and the total child population (those aged 0–14 years). Where appropriate, an estimate is provided of the total number of New Zealanders in specific categories as at June 2015.

Data provided by

Ministry of Health

Dataset name

New Zealand Health Survey: Private Health Insurance Coverage 2011–2015


How to find the data

At URL provided, select "Private Health Insurance Coverage 2011–15 (docx, 278 KB)" from the right-hand column. The data can be found in Appendix 2, which we have pasted into a spreadsheet for internal processing purposes.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: New Zealand Health Survey: Private Health Insurance Coverage 2011–2015

From the dataset New Zealand Health Survey: Private Health Insurance Coverage 2011–2015, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Table 5
  • Range: B3:E23
  • Provided: 63 data points

This data forms the table Health - Adults with private health insurance cover, by DHB 2011–2015 average.

Dataset originally released on:

October 17, 2016

About this dataset

This dataset presents findings from the New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) about the private health insurance (PHI) of adults and children across different population groups (age, sex, ethnicity, neighbourhood deprivation, household income, district health board) in New Zealand.

Method of collection/Data provider

The NZHS data was collected from 51,736 adults (aged 15 years and over) between July 2011 and June 2015, and 13,750 parents/caregivers (representing children aged 0–14 years) between July 2012 and June 2015. Each year, as part of the core set of questions, the NZHS asks adults and the parents (or caregivers) of child participants whether they are covered by any health or medical insurance. Adult participants are also asked who pays for the insurance.