32 Oxford Terrace
Telephone: 0064 3 364 4134
5 July 2021
Sacha van den Berg
Dear Sacha RE Official Information Act request CDHB 10613 and WCDHB 9559
I refer to your email dated 27 May 2021 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB regarding number of PET-CT scans being
referred. Specifically: 1. How many PET CT scans have been referred per year the past 3 years?
Please refer to Table one
(below) for the number of PET-CT scans referred to Canterbury DHB and West
Table 1: Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB PET Scan referrals past three calendar years and
2. How many PET CT scans have been referred this year so far?
3. What percentage of the patients being referred are Maori?
Table 2: Percentage of referred patients (by ethnicity) for the 2020 and 2021 (Jan-May) period*
NZ European / European
We are providing you with 2020 calendar year and 2021 (Jan-May) ethnicity data to give you a
representative idea of the ethnicity breakdown for referrals. To provide this information we had to
manually review referral data which took a substantial amount of time and resource. We are declining
to provide the ethnicity information for referrals for 2018 and 2019 calendar years under section 18(f) of
the Official Information Act i.e. this information can only be made available with additional substantial
collation and research.
4. What is the average cost per PET CT scan referral?
The average PET-CT scan referral costs $2,043.10 (Excluding GST).
I trust that this satisfies your interest in this matter. Please note that this response, or an edited version
of this response, may be published on the Canterbury DHB website after your receipt of this response.
You may, under section 28(3) of the Official Information Act, seek a review of our decision to withhold
information by the Ombudsman. Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz;
or Freephone 0800 802 602.
Tracey Maisey Executive Director
Planning, Funding & Decision Support