It is good to see the National government acknowledging the important role that GPs play in keeping us healthy with the announcement in the 2014 budget that it will provide free doctors visits and waive prescription charges for children under 13 years from July 2015. But why stop there? Why not free doctors visits and prescriptions for everyone? Continue reading
Hospitals are desperate to reduce costs and to free up space, time, and funding for urgent and serious cases. So moves are afoot to transfer more services to GPs.
Community-based health care is a sound policy in most respects. GPs are usually located much closer to where patients live, have the benefit of knowing their patients well, and waiting times for appointments are only a day or so.
However there is the problem of cost. Continue reading
The Alliance Party says that New Zealanders are not naive enough to think that National’s increased prescription charges are necessary to fund increased spending on cancer services. Continue reading