August 10, 2014
Free visits in Labour health plan
Labour has made primary healthcare an election attention grabber with a campaign launch that promises free doctors’ visits for those over 65 and free health and dental care for pregnant women.
Leader David Cunliffe told more than 1000 supporters at Auckland’s Viaduct Event Centre yesterday that under National health funding hasn’t kept up with population growth and inflation.
He says Labour will offer quality, affordable, universal healthcare for all.
Mr Cunliffe says the health package will give nearly 40 percent of New Zealanders free doctor visits and prescriptions.
"Access to child health, access to maternal health, access to health for our seniors, that is the big issue today because health matters. If you don't have that, you don't have anything. Healthcare, education, housing and jobs, that's what New Zealanders want to be talking about," he says.
Mr Cunliffe says the cost of free health care for over 65s would be $120 million a year.
Te Tai Tokerau candidate Kelvin Davis says it’s a superb policy that will help a lot of New Zealanders.
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