July 29, 2019
Māori health inequities need new tools
The Health Quality & Safety Commission is challenging the health sector to understand and address inequities in how Māori access and receive health services.
Its annual report shows a pattern of inequities between Māori and non-Māori over their lifetimes.
Commission chair Professor Alan Merry says services are not as accessible for Māori, and even after services are accessed, Māori do not experience the same benefits as non-Māori.
Māori die on average seven years earlier than non-Māori, and are two-and-a-half times more likely to die from diseases that are potentially preventable with timely and effective health care.
Professor Merry says creating an awareness that institutional racism has severe effects – from psychological ill-health to physical harm to early death – is an important focus for improving the quality of health services.
Tools to address institutional racism include partnership models in decision making and a co-design approach to developing services with consumers and Māori communities.
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