Parliament

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

 

Anti-private patient ideology means waiting lists

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

24 October 2006

Anti-private patient ideology will add to waiting lists

Labour’s new anti-private healthcare move will see waiting lists grow as patients who use private specialists move back to the public system, says National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall.

In Parliament today Health Minister Pete Hodgson confirmed that the Government wants all DHBs to charge patients for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists.

Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHBs will be the first to implement the change, from November 1.

Mr Ryall says this “blind ideological opposition” to private healthcare will see public waiting lists grow even longer.

“Making it more expensive to go private will mean even more people go public. And that means even bigger waiting list culls in the future.

“These changes will have a huge impact on individual patients. A woman with a lump in her breast will now end up paying an extra $250 for lab tests to find out if she has cancer or not. This is on top of the $500 she is paying for specialist assessment.

“Men with prostate cancer will also face a bill of several hundred dollars for their lab tests. Cardiac patients will have to pay in excess of $1,000 in lab charges.

“This proposal has been considered in the past and dismissed because the costs far outweigh the benefits.

“Labour is showing its true colours once again with this anti-private patient ideology. Will their next step be to make private patients pay the full cost of drugs?

“Surely we should be using the public and private sectors together to benefit patients,” says Mr Ryall.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022


At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...
More>>



 
 

Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>


Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>

ALSO:

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:



National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels