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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0312/S00137.htm Operations For All Friday, 5 December 2003, 12:08 pm Press Release: New Zealand First Party Media Release 5 December 2003 Operations For All New Zealand First is urging the Labour government to drop its bizarre scheme that would see beneficiaries receive state funded private hospital treatment whilst the rest of the country queue up at under resourced public hospitals. “Of course beneficiaries should receive timely operations and be given an early opportunity to return to the workforce but the same ‘cost’ arguments can be applied to the rest of the population. Priority for health care must be based on medical need and clinical factors and not according to socio-economic factors such as whether or not one is a beneficiary,” said New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. [....]

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