Waikato DHB receives funding from government to undertake its functions.
About 60 per cent of funding received by Waikato DHB is used to directly provide hospital and health services, including:
- five hospital sites including a tertiary teaching hospital (Waikato Hospital in Hamilton), a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui
- two continuing care facilities
- one mental health inpatient facility
- community based services
- public health services.
The remaining 40 per cent is used to fund contracted services provided by non-government organisations (NGOs), primary health care organisations (PHOs), pharmacies and laboratories, including:
- aged related residential care facilities
- general practitioner (GP) practices
- Māori organisations
- Pacific organisations
- primary health alliance partners.
Some services are funded and contracted nationally by the Ministry of Health and National Health Board, for example public health services, breast and cervical screening, as well as the provision of disability support services for people aged less than 65 years.