Election policy comparison - health: What the major political parties will do for you

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Interested in what New Zealand's political parties have in store with their health policies?

Here are just a few policies the parties have on how they would address the current health system issues in New Zealand.
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Here are some of the main policies the parties are bringing to the table this election:

Green:

Metiria Turei resigned yesterday shortly before a Newshub-Reid Research poll showed a collapse in Greens support.

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  • Legalise medicinal cannabis
  • Conduct a mental health inquiry
  • Put a tax on sugary drinks and give free doctor visits for those under 18
ACT:
The ACT Party leader says some people should have their rent, food and power bills paid straight to the likes of landlords and food providers.

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  • Maintain spending on core health services
  • Legalise euthanasia
 
TOP:
The Opportunities Party leader said putting a new Labour leader in place does not constitute sound policy, and that his remark was not a personal attack.

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  • Legalise cannabis
  • Increase the drinking age to 20
  • Increase tax on alcohol, putting the price up by 10 per cent
Maori Party:

Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell at the campaign launch.

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  • All those over 55 get one free doctor and dentist visit a year
  • Decriminalise personal use of some illicit drugs
  • Fund kaupapa Maori-based suicide prevention programmes and subsidise e-cigarettes
National:
Mr English says National wants to increase funding to cater for 200,000 procedures per year, up from the current 178,000.

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  • Give an extra 600,000 lower income Kiwis access to $18 doctor visits
  • Increase health funding by $3.9 billion
  • Re-build Dunedin’s hospital
Labour: 
Jacinda Ardern said Mr English's government has had a long time to explore the retirement age and superannuation.

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  • Cut doctor visits by $10 and cap it for Community Service Card holders to $8
  • Increase suicide prevention funding
  • Re-build Dunedin’s hospital
 
New Zealand First:
It follows the revelations that at least two government ministers and the PM's chief of staff knew about the overpayment.

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  • Ensure nationwide health screening for all children under one
  • Implement a national strategy for addressing improved screening and strategies
  • Introduce a Teen Health Check Bill on all Year 9 students
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.

Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.

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For more information (in alphabetical order), go to:
www.act.org.nz/category/policy
www.greens.org.nz/policy
www.labour.org.nz/announced_policies
www.maoriparty.org/policies
www.national.org.nz/policies
www.nzfirst.org.nz/policies
www.top.org.nz/policy

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