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


PHO funding doesn't help Wairarapa health

Dr Lynda Scott National Health Spokeswoman

30 January 2004

PHO funding doesn't help Wairarapa health

Labour's Primary Health Organisation funding formula is contributing to Wairarapa children's chilling health and safety statistics, says National's Health spokeswoman Dr Lynda Scott.

This week the Wairarapa District Health Board released statistics showing the region's children have some of the worst health statistics in the country.

Dr Scott says if PHO funding formula were based on need, not race, the Wairarapa would receive more funding.

"Wairarapa's poor record shows it's in desperate need, but its people are being excluded from access to cheap healthcare because not enough Maori, Polynesians or very low socio-economic people live there.

"This is ridiculous - here is an area with an obvious need for increased primary care and alternative delivery of services, but they are not getting it because they have the wrong demographic statistics.

"A Karaka multi-millionaire can get higher subsidies just because they have a GP in the Papakura access PHO, whereas a family on a low income in Wairarapa must pay much higher fees because the Government's deemed there is not a high-enough proportion of Maori, Polynesians or very low socio-economic people living there.

"This is yet another example of Health Minister Annette King's regional race-based funding formula not working," says Dr Lynda Scott


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news