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


utting cost of doctor visits for all the family

Monday, 15 August 2005

UF cutting cost of doctor visits for all the family

Parents will pay no more than $20 for their doctor visits, their schoolchildren no more than $10 and under-sixes will be free under United Future's health policy launched today

"Essentially, we're extending low-cost GP visits to all families," United Future leader Peter Dunne said in jointly launching the policy with deputy leader and health spokeswoman, Judy Turner.

"Our biggest concern is that families are unable to go to the doctor because of the cost. Many find the money to get their children there when needed, but too often mums and dads sacrifice their own health and don't go because of the cost. We are addressing that directly," Mrs Turner said.

"Mum or dad being ill doesn't help themselves or their children," she said.

United Future believes it is time to make visits to the family doctor affordable for all families, she said.

There are currently 1.4 million New Zealanders who do not qualify for a subsidy. Approximately 450,000 are parents who pay on average $43 - but sometimes up to $60 - to see a doctor.

"When the average wage is $438 a week, a doctor's visit can be anything from 10 to 15 percent of that - and that's a jolt for any family struggling to make ends meet," Mr Dunne said.

"United Future is restoring the concept of the family doctor for all the family."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


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>>


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>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news