March 12, 2019
End in sight for health outcomes claim
Closing submissions start today on the Māori heath outcomes claim before the Waitangi Tribunal with claimants hoping it will lead to Māori getting more control over the health resources their people need.
Claimant Lady Tureiti Moxon says the claim arose from the sense Māori providers had that the benefits of reform were not flowing their way, with Māori operations funded at a lower rate than mainstream providers.
She says the statistics show Māori don’t have the same access to healthcare as other New Zealanders, and for too long Māori health has been subject to political whim or put in the too hard basket.
"So what we are saying is okay, we will take that away from you, we will look after our own health, so give us the means and give us 15 percent of Vote Health and we will take care of that ourselves, but we also want legislation to protect us, because depending on who is doing what at parliament determines whether we not we get a cent or whether it’s a priority," Lady Moxon says.
Claimants hope for an interim report later in the year.
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