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Insurance cover and suicide rates

In his latest column Russell Hutchinson looks at the topical election issue of mental health and suicide rates and suggests some ideas for advisers to help them look after their clients.

Monday, September 11th, 11:57AM

An evergreen election issue is health service provision, and this time around mental health services, and suicide prevention are particularly in the spotlight. New Zealand’s record isn’t great, but perhaps not quite as bad as sometimes suggested.

Looking at OECD data New Zealand sits about 24th out of 35 countries for the 2012-2015 with a rate per 100,000 of 12.5. That period was chosen because there is data for all members for that period...MORE»

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