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Quality, free healthcare provided by a publicly funded health system is the basis of a good life.

Everyone has a right to the healthcare services they need

  • There should be no financial barriers to anyone accessing the healthcare services they need.
  • Dental care should be free for children, students, beneficiaries, and superannuitants.
  • Government should fund inpatient and community mental health services at all levels, to ensure people everywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand can access them.
  • Health funding should keep pace with the growing population and need.
  • Government should fund and support specific Māori health services, including Whānau Ora programmes and marae-based service delivery.

Children’s healthcare should be free

  • Visits to GPs, nurses, and dental care should be free for everyone under 18.
  • There should be a nurse in every low-decile school. Schools should be resourced as community hubs to provide health services.
  • Rheumatic Fever should be eliminated based on a strategy of prevention and community-based treatment.

Health isn’t just about healthcare services

  • Government agencies should work together to recognise that good health starts in the home and community, with warm and dry houses, stable incomes, and strong communities.
  • Comprehensive, evidence-based programmes should be in place to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, alcohol, other drugs, and unhealthy food and drink.

The health system should be organised around what’s best for people

  • Public health services should be flexible and diverse to cater to different people’s needs.
  • Public health funding should prioritise groups with the lowest health status, and seek to reduce inequalities in health status.
  • Service integration and other cooperation between primary care providers, hospitals and specialists should enable people to have seamless interactions across the health system.
  • Palliative care should be better resourced and terminally ill people should have the legal right to end their own lives.

The public health system should be democratic

  • All healthcare professionals, service users and communities should be able to be involved in planning and decision-making, with decisions based on the best available evidence.
  • Health services should achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people, prioritising preventative care, children's health, and people with high health needs.

Maternity care should provide women with choice and quality options

  • Lead maternity care providers should be resourced to provide culturally appropriate services to meet women’s needs, including in rural areas.
  • More information and support should be provided for primary maternity units and home births for low-risk pregnant women.
  • Postnatal care services should be improved, including mental health services.
  • Breastfeeding should be supported because of its health benefits for mothers and babies, while recognising that some women cannot breastfeed.
  • All parents should have access to well-staffed and resourced helplines such as Plunketline.

PHARMAC should be strong and independent

  • PHARMAC should operate independently of the government of the day.
  • The Government should ensure trade agreements prioritise public benefits for New Zealanders.



Latest Health Announcements


Greens welcome life-saving treatments for rare disorders

The Green Party welcomes the news that Pharmac will fully fund Spinraza for people under the age of 18. 
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Monkeypox elimination plan is essential

The Green Party is calling on the Government to listen to public health experts and commit to an elimination strategy for monkeypox. 
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Migrant healthcare workers need fair pay as well as residency

Migrant nurses, aged-care and support workers need fair pay as well as equitable pathways to residency, not half-baked measures from National.
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Nurses could face pay cut under National

A National Government would leave nurses behind, the Green Party says.
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Budget 2022: Greens MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere says wins for health not enough for Māori or Rainbow

Today Greens Te Mātāwaka Chair and Health Spokesperson, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, said “The Greens have long campaigned for an independent Māori Healt...
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Green Party supports nurses’ ERA decision

The Green Party supports nurses’ continued push for pay equity and calls on the Government to deliver the back pay they had expected.
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Latest Mental Health Announcements


Green Party welcomes landmark commitments from health sector for ADHD progress

Green Party spokesperson for Mental Health, Chlöe Swarbrick, welcomes commitments from the Minister of Health to six key areas of progress for the ...
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Pasifika mental wellbeing initiative must protect our communities: Greens

The Greens welcome $6.6 million from the Government’s $455 million programme to increase access to mental health and addiction services for our Pas...
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Greens promise continued action to reduce mental health waiting times

The Green Party is committed to reduce the waiting times people in mental distress have to put up with before they receive attention and get treatm...
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More mental wellbeing services for young people in regions

More mental health and addiction services are available for young New Zealanders in Rotorua and Taupō, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Dunedin and Sou...
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Mental Health

Aotearoa can be a country where everybody feels they belong. The Green Party has always recognised that our mental health is inextricably linked to...
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Support for Christchurch’s youth with dedicated mental health services at Canterbury University

The Green Party is announcing today that free mental wellbeing services will soon be available at Canterbury University, making services available ...
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