Fund a transition from acute crisis management to genuine healthcare
Obtain a mandate from the public to increase the proportion of GDP spent on healthcare. If you can't obtain the mandate, do it anyway. Then transform what is, at present, a functioning but under-pressure response system to acute emergencies into a system that increases the availability of counseling, mental health services, and elective surgery.
Do this by:
- looking after medical staff so they don't leave/burn out.
- taking back access to specialist care from the private sector.
- investing in public equipment (the most glaring example is radiology and scanning equipment) so that NZ has a "First World" system.
- increasing Pharmac's budget so that NZers have the same access to cutting-edge drug developments as Australians and people in other comparable jurisdictions, and fully subsidise wherever possible.
- improving the attractiveness of general practice so that NZ has sufficient GPs (if necessary, create a GP-specific qualification, possibly with different entry requirements).
Why the contribution is important
NZ waiting lists for elective procedures are too long. The NZ public system works well when you have an emergency but does not work well when you require some other procedure that would vastly improve your quality of life.
People do not have sufficient access to mental health services, and the impact of untreated mental health problems is manifest in other costly services that we end up having to fund. Untreated mental health issues also create a ripple effect, causing more people to be victims.
There are insufficient GPs in NZ for NZers to have timely access.
Delaying access has measurable negative effects on patient outcomes!
by Sjlmass on February 26, 2023 at 10:59AM