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

 


‘Price-fixing’ debacle affects health of Minister’s budget

Maryan Street
Health Spokesperson

21 February 2013

‘Price-fixing’ debacle affects health of Minister’s budget

The Government may not be pocketing the revenue or savings it had hoped for from its increased prescription charges, Labour’s Health spokesperson Maryan Street says.

“Tony Ryall tried to tell the House last week that ‘the increase in the prescription charge was implemented quite smoothly’.

“On the contrary, it was anything but smooth. The DHBs wrote a clause into their contract with pharmacies requiring them to charge $5, something that had never been done before.

“A complaint was taken to the Commerce Commission which came back with the ‘strongly held view’ that the requirement to charge $5 was price-fixing and was in breach of S.27 of the Commerce Act.

“The DHBs then wrote to all pharmacies saying they did not have to observe the related clauses in their contract any more.

“This is part of the chaos which exists in the pharmacy sector. It has not gone smoothly at all.

“Mr Ryall’s projected savings are imagined.

“Not only that, but cash-strapped patients who can’t afford to pick up their prescriptions are doing just that – not picking them up - meaning less revenue by way of the $5 per script co-payment, along with more sickness and higher rates of much more expensive hospitalisation.

“Even if Tony Ryall doesn’t care about the health of New Zealanders, he should care about the health of his own budget.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news