June 17, 2020
Māori control better for health system – Hāpai head
Māori public health advocacy organisation Hāpai Te Hauora says putting Māori in charge of the health dollar would be good for the whole country.
The Health and Disability Services Review has recommended a Māori Health Authority be set up, but members were divided about its power and pūtea.
The review recommended overall health spending come under a new body, Health NZ.
Hāpai general manager Fay Selby-Law says she would turn that idea on its head.
"Would the Government be prepared to give all the pūtea to Māori and allow us to make the decisions for everybody in Aotearoa. That would be true authority, if we control the pūtea, all of it, we decide how the hospitals spend their money, we decide how the whole health workforce was going to be engaged. Because I think we would do it well," she says.
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