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


Invest in Health & Reap the Benefits

Invest in Health & Reap the Benefits

Health was a big issue during the 2017 Election and as political parties debate future health policies as part of coalition negotiations, the NZMA urges them to invest in the health of New Zealanders.

"Too often, the conversation about public health care is framed as a 'cost' to government. This needs to change," says NZMA Chair, Dr Kate Baddock. "Health spending is an investment in the health, wellbeing and productivity of New Zealanders and ultimately saves money in other sectors.

"Other countries are achieving a return on investment of nearly $5 for every $1 of government spending on health. Health spending must not be seen as a drain on the economy but rather an opportunity to boost the economy and improve the lives of individuals and their families.

"Success will also require a commitment to address the social determinants of health such as education, housing and poverty," says Dr Baddock.

"Nearly 80 years ago New Zealand led the world when we established a public health care system that made health a universal and fundamental right – it’s time our political leaders invest in that promise."

The NZMA has this week published its position statement Health as an Investment.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>


Bigger But Less Novel Than The Parrot: Giant Fossil Penguin Find

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>

Wellington: Little Blue Penguins Near Station Again

There have been more sightings of penguins near Wellington Railway Station on Sunday night, this time waddling into a parking building above a burger restaurant. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland