Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt limiting patient choice to doctors

Dr Lynda Scott National Health Spokesperson

7 October 2003

Govt limiting patient choice to doctors

The Government can't complain about what it calls 'doctor shopping' when it is restricting patients to seeing only one GP practice under its new Primary Health Organisations (PHO) system, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott.

"The system is unfair in how it allocates cheap doctors' visits so people will shop around, but this Government is taking away any patient choice.

"The PHO system is flawed from the start. When you bring in a system that funds subsidised doctor's visits on race and location, people are going to look around for the best deal.

"Now the Government's saying if you get sick when on holiday or working away from home you must go back to the doctor you've enrolled with, even if that's not practical.

"Under National's primary care funding those with community services cards got cheaper doctors' visits with any doctor of their choice. We didn't try to tell people who to see - Labour is.

"Labour has never researched how this flawed PHO system would operate, and never educated the public about. Now it's seeing the problems so finally a year after the first PHO we have an education campaign.

"It is the race and location-based system that is wrong, and unfortunately no amount of educating will change patients' response to it," Dr Scott says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

NZEI: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote To Reject Offers

Primary teachers and principals have resoundingly rejected the Government’s latest collective agreement offers...

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said members had sent a clear message that the offers did not address concerns about the growing teacher shortage, time to teach and support for children with additional learning needs. More>>


No Confidence In GWRC: Bus Drivers Vote For Strike Next Month

The Wellington Tramways Union today voted overwhelmingly for bus drivers to strike because of the breakdown in negotiations with the Wellington bus operators. More>>


Unanimous: MP Pay Freeze Bill Passes

“The Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament Remuneration) Amendment legislation, to freeze the pay of MPs for one year, has been passed unanimously by the House today." More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Party Of No Ideas

The striking thing about the issues that have had political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them. To date, Her Majesty’s Opposition have been entirely focussed on failings in Beehive management.. More>>


America's Cup: Environment Court Grants Consents

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “I welcome today’s decision by the Environment Court to grant consent for the bases and associated infrastructure to host the 36th America’s Cup." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice. Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted... More>>


Medical: New Surgical Mesh Safeguards

The Government has introduced strict new safeguards on the use of surgical mesh that are expected to limit its use in urogynaecological surgery. More>>


Handley Handling: Fired Chief Technology Officer Releases Communications

In the interests of drawing a line on this issue, today I am releasing a detailed timeline of events and all of the emails and texts between myself and Clare Curran, and myself and the Prime Minister about the role and my move back to New Zealand. More>>





InfoPages News Channels