Labour has failed to get DHB deficits under control this term, despite going hard on the issue when in opposition.
Massey University Te Au Rangahau Māori Business Research department senior lecturer Matthew Roskruge said there were some big inequities from DHB to DHB when it came to deficits.
For example, those with populations with more complicated health needs, or with old buildings and equipment.
“It’s expensive to look after obsolete infrastructure. It’s expensive to maintain it, to keep it warm, it’s expensive to work within it. And so that places a lot of pressure back on operational budgets,” he said.