New Zeland Medical Association, 28 Septemeber 2017
Health was a big issue during the 2017 Election and as political
parties debate future health policies as part of coalition
negotiations, the NZMA urges them to invest in the health of New
"Too often, the conversation about public health care is framed
as a 'cost' to government. This needs to change," says NZMA Chair,
Dr Kate Baddock. "Health spending is an investment in the health,
wellbeing and productivity of New Zealanders and ultimately saves
money in other sectors.
"Other countries are achieving a return on investment of nearly
$5 for every $1 of government spending on health. Health spending
must not be seen as a drain on the economy but rather an
opportunity to boost the economy and improve the lives of
individuals and their families.
"Success will also require a commitment to address the social
determinants of health such as education, housing and poverty,"
says Dr Baddock.
"Nearly 80 years ago New Zealand led the world when we
established a public health care system that made health a
universal and fundamental right - it's time our political leaders
invest in that promise."
The NZMA has published its position statement Health as an Investment.