Senior Hospital Doctors sound warning over TPPA talks

Press Release – Canterbury Hospitals Medical Staff Association Here in NZ, we have a proud history of taxpayer funded, quality public health care. Even if we dont always love how our public health care system works, for most people it does…well work . The medicines, care, surgical and other procedures …Senior Hospital Doctors sound warning over TPPA talks Here in NZ, we have a proud history of taxpayer funded, quality public health care. Even if we don’t always love how our public health care system works, for most people it does…well…work. The medicines, care, surgical and other procedures that keep people as healthy as possible, get them well when they are sick, and help them live better lives, are generally available to all – regardless of income level, insurance status or location. New Zealanders who travel to the United States, or more recently, just turn on the news and hear about Obama Care, are often shocked at the out of pocket costs that Americans can face for services, tests, prescriptions and procedures. One of the things that stops health costs spiraling out of control here, is the tight hold that the government purchasing agency Pharmac has on the market. The $30m plus a year that Pharmac saves through careful bulk purchasing pays for a raft of tests, medicines, health services and procedures. So anything that makes it hard for...

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