March 16, 2021
Resource sharing key to health authority
A Māori health advocate is welcoming support from the medical establishment for a Māori health authority.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association says to deliver health equity for Māori such a body should have full commissioning rights, rather than the Health and Disability System Review’s proposal that the purse strings would continue to be held by the ministry.
Lady Tureiti Moxon from Hamilton's Te Kōhao Health says the example of the whānau ora commissioning agencies shows what is possible.
"It is something the government has participated before so I wouldn't think they would see this as being any different from that. The issue of course is the sharing of decision making power and the sharing or resources to ensure it is funded properly and it is given the resources in terms of equity that it rightfully deserves," she says.
Lady Tureiti Moxon says the support from the medical bodies is a sign of the country coming of age.
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