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.

 

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