A Māori doctor is warning about America’s plans to increase pharmaceuticals prices to countries like NZ.

US President Donald Trump says foreign countries should be paying their fair share.

Prescription drugs help to heal all, and here in NZ we get it pretty cheap, but according to Dr Mataroria Lyndon that will change if Donald Trump has his way.

“He raruraru tērā mō Aotearoa me ngā whenua i waho o Amerika. Mēnā ka nui rawa te utu mō ngā rongoā, ka kore he pūtea anō mō ētahi atu momo kaupapa hauora.”

The American President wants to stop foreign countries from negotiating prices for drugs from pharmaceutical companies in America.

Pharmac is the company who does that on our behalf.

For now, Dr Lyndon is focused on Māori and public health systems and policies. He says he hopes these areas will be given some new money in the today’s budget.

“Kia whakaitihia te utu ki te haere ki te rata tētahi atu ko ngā hohipera ngā whare a ngā hohipera hoki, hiahia au ki te kite i ētahi pūtea mō Whānau Ora.”

He also says addressing poverty could help to ease the load on hospitals and doctors clinics around the country.