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

 


Greens launch free healthcare policy for teenagers

Greens launch free healthcare policy for teenagers

The Green Party today launched a $29 million plan to improve the health of young people aged 13-17, including making GP visits free for this group.

The plan offers free doctors’ visits and free medicine to teenagers aged 13 through to their 18th birthday, and removes a major barrier to young people accessing the healthcare they need at a crucial time in their lives.

The Green Party’s Healthy Teens, Healthy Futures package includes:
1. $21 million a year to extend free GP visits to the 290,000 teenagers aged 13-17 and abolish their prescription charges
2. A further $8 million a year (making $29 million in total) to help GPs deal with the extra workload from making visits free for 13-17 year olds
3. A commitment to a) developing new ways to deliver healthcare to teenagers, so that they can get medical advice where and how they want it, b) negotiating with DHBs and PHOs the funding necessary to make afterhours visits for all children up to age 18 free

“By extending free healthcare we send a message to teenagers that they matter at a time in their lives they really need to hear it,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“Teenagers can have complicated needs, including mental illness, and sexual health issues, which can damage them forever if left untreated, and these young people shouldn’t be written off as too expensive to help.

“There are on-going costs to the health system of not treating teenage illness. We are committed to investing in health early to avoid costs later on.

“Our plan will reduce hospital admissions, help prevent unwanted pregnancies, and give kids the support they need to help them navigate young adulthood,” said Mrs Turei.

Researchers have found that one in four teenagers put off going to see a doctor when they needed to. Girls, Maori and Pacific teens and those from poor neighbourhoods were the most likely to put off going to the doctor or receiving other healthcare.

“There are a range of reasons why young people don’t go to the doctor or see a nurse when they need to, including confidentiality concerns and cost,” said Mrs Turei.

“Young people can spend up to $56 to see a doctor now. Our Healthy Teens, Healthy Futures package removes cost as a barrier to teenagers seeing a doctor or a nurse.

“The Green Party is committed to providing free access to doctors and nurses to all children and young people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This level of care is vital, especially for lower income working families who can’t get to the doctor during the day.

“We are committing to working with healthcare providers, when in Government, to negotiate the funding required to cope with the extra workload from free doctors’ visits, and to provide free afterhours care, without cutting back on other services.”

You can read our Healthy Teens, Healthy Futures package at www.greens.org.nz/healthyfutures

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greek Riddles:
Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth?

It seems to have. The EU still exists. Syriza is now claiming a victory of sorts. It doesn’t help that the only people who do appear to be sure (the Greeks buckled) are claiming the exact opposite to what the other group (the Greeks won!) are saying. Plus, there are bets either way e.g. Bloomberg News: “Its too early to say who caved in to whom.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news