News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Diabetes NZ joins call for change at Pharmac

7 April 2005

Diabetes New Zealand Joins with Calls for Changes to Pharmac

Diabetes New Zealand has joined with United Future leader, Peter Dunne, and other health advocacy organisations, in calling for changes to Pharmac and improved access to health medicines and products for New Zealanders.

“Pharmac’s narrow and short-sighted focus on driving down every last cost will have serious consequences for New Zealand in terms of both health outcomes and health costs” says Murray Dear, President of Diabetes New Zealand.

“We are at a loss to understand a recent Pharmac decision to impose limits on the access of 40,000 people with Type 2 diabetes to important self-monitoring products. This flies in the face of everything we have been trying to achieve in terms of early intervention and self-management of diabetes. The few dollars Pharmac is shaving off its budget today will only serve to drive up the cost of managing diabetes in coming years, not to mention the health costs to the individual.

“However, I do sympathise with Pharmac. They can, after all, only operate within the framework and budget set for them by the Minister of Health. There is an increasing feeling among health NGOs that current government policies are now actually denying people access to medicines. We are deeply concerned that the Government’s funding policies are increasingly pre-empting decisions on the care of patients that should rightly be made by health professionals. Some answers from Annette King on these issues are now required” says Mr Dear.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

RLWC 2017 Draw: New Zealand Set For A Festival Of Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League fans will have the chance to see the Kiwis in action against the best in the Pacific region for the Rugby League World Cup 2017, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw. More>>

ALSO:

Non-Pokemon News: Magical Park A Safer Augmented Reality For Younger Audiences

Since May, Wellington City Council has been trialling a new app, Magical Park, in collaboration with the game’s New Zealand developer Geo AR Games, in parks around the city. Magical Park uses GPS technology to get users moving around the park to play within a set boundary. More>>

'Erroneous': Pokemon App Makers On Huge Privacy Flaw

We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account... More>>

ALSO:

Te Wiki O Te Reo: Te Reo Māori Is For All New Zealanders — Minister

Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell welcomes the start of Māori Language Week today and invites all New Zealanders to give speaking te reo Māori a go. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news