Health inequities remain despite funding boost

Date published
22 Aug 2017

The announcement that an additional 600,000 low income New Zealanders will have the cost of their GP visit capped at $18 is welcome news, however other longstanding health inequities that affect rural people still need to be addressed, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

“We are encouraged to see that the government is acting to ensure that low income New Zealanders, which includes those in rural communities, get affordable access to GPs, however there are other issues that have been festering away for years in rural health care that have not been addressed.

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