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

 


Independent Role Recommended to Drive Healthcare Change

Politically Independent Role Recommended to Drive Healthcare Change

A high-powered healthcare Think Tank has recommended that a politically independent working group or health commission be established to help shape long term health policy and to drive the significant change needed to avoid a healthcare funding crisis.

Leaders from the public, private and provider arms of the health sector as well as politicians, economists and academics gathered in Auckland on Friday to discuss and debate potential solutions.

It was overwhelmingly agreed that the future cost of healthcare is one of the biggest challenges facing New Zealand.

The invitation-only Think Tank was hosted by Southern Cross Healthcare Group in conjunction with Massey University.

Southern Cross Healthcare Group CEO Dr Ian McPherson said the ideas discussed would improve the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders long term.

“Many ideas focused on prevention and primary health, and having patients take more personal responsibility and ownership for their healthcare. But there were also more challenging ideas in the mix, such as rationing, user-pays and the need to seriously address overtreatment and other inefficiencies in the system. This will require some courageous conversations.”

The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research has estimated the country has only around eight years to make a change to historic spending patterns before health costs start to seriously impact the Government’s ability to keep the country within budget.

Said Dr McPherson, “We need to address the fundamentals behind the rising demand for healthcare services. This requires a long-term plan that goes well beyond the three year political cycle. As one participant at the Think Tank said, ‘why would we wait for a crisis to take action - early change is moderate, considered and gives people time to adapt’.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Massey University’s College of Health, Professor Paul McDonald added that the discussion at the Think Tank needed to be taken even further beyond the health sector.

“Ideas such putting more emphasis on primary care and self-care won’t solve the whole challenge. We don’t live within a health system – we live in a social system that produces health outcomes. That means taking a whole of society approach if we are to deliver better health outcomes for New Zealanders.

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news