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Labour scaremongering on health

Paul Hutchison MP
National Party Health Spokesman

11 August 2005

Labour scaremongering on health

”Labour’s MPs should stop frightening vulnerable New Zealanders with their hysterical scaremongering on National’s health policy preview,” says National Party Health spokesman Paul Hutchison.

“The young and the elderly will be entirely unaffected by any changes to subsidies for primary care. Those aged under 25 and over 65 will continue to receive the same subsidies they are currently entitled to.

“The elderly have paid their dues and deserve support. The subsidy to the younger age group will continue because they are the future of this country and we want to ensure all get good access to primary healthcare.”

Dr Hutchison is responding to comments by the Associate Minister for Health, Pete Hodgson.

“Those comments show that Labour has nothing to contribute to the health debate.

“Instead, they are choosing to prey on the fears of the elderly and those with young children.

“The question Labour must answer is why well-off people are being given larger subsidies than those on low incomes. Why should Don Brash and Helen Clark receive subsidised GP visits at the expense of delivering healthcare to those with greater needs?

“It is simply indefensible, but that is the system Labour has put in place.

“National is committed to targeting subsidies to those most in need and putting an end to the disparity in costs that exist under the universal subsidy scheme,” says Dr Hutchison.

National’s full health policy will be released in a few weeks.


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