Had a good launch of our Health policy yesterday. The full policy runs to nearly 30 pages. You can find all the details here. From my point of view it was the culmination of a hectic nine months or so that I have had the portfolio. I have listened to health professionals and service users all over the country, and this is the result.
I make no apology for the focus on prevention and more affordable primary healthcare, especially for children. That is how we will help New Zealanders stay healthy, and avoid the need for more expensive treatment further down the track. You will see that in our list of priorities, finding efficiencies in the system is high up the list, because it is essential we do that. We also can not ignore the cuts to services that have occured because the funding has fallen behind inflation and population growth.
In any case, here is a story from Checkpoint last night that covers some of the reaction to the story. I am really pleased the focus on dental health has been picked up.