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


Patients to benefit from more medicines funding

Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health
19 May 2011

Patients to benefit from more medicines funding

Budget 2011 is delivering the final part of the Government's election commitment to increase the pharmaceuticals budget by $180 million over three years, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

This year's $20 million increase means that spending on medicines has increased over previous levels by $40 million in the 2009 Budget, $60 million in 2010, and $80 million in this Budget. The $20 million this year is included in the funding increase DHBs are receiving.

This means that despite difficult economic conditions, the Government has invested $180 million extra on subsidised medicines over three years.

It is estimated that at least 32,000 additional patients will benefit from better access to subsidised medicines as a result of this Budget announcement.

Over the term of this Government, an estimated average 180,000 extra people each year have benefited from the increased medicines funding.

“Some of the new medicines that have not been subsidised previously include new cancer treatments, the first Alzheimer's disease drug, and diabetes medicines,” Mr Ryall says.

“The medicines more people are getting include several for depression, auto-immune diseases, Crohn's disease, cardiac and respiratory problems.

“People have previously had to pay the full cost price or go without – but now they are part of the schedule of medicines subsidised by the Government.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election