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Labour Party: Health Policy

Labour is committed to a public health system that people can trust, one that is there for them regardless of their ability to pay. We will build upon the positive changes to our health system over this decade to offer the best possible service for all New Zealanders.

National Party: ACC Policy

1. Reviewing the Present Scheme • Conduct a full stock-take of the various components of the ACC scheme. • Evaluate progress to full funding. • Identify areas of cross-subsidy or cost-shifting, and underfunding of newly-legislated entitlements.

National Party: Medical Student Voluntary Bonding Scheme

National will introduce a "voluntary bonding" scheme offering student loan debt write-off to graduate doctors, nurses, and midwives agreeing to work in hard-to-staff communities or specialties for three to five years.

National Party: Doctor Training

1. Boosting Medical Students National will boost the number of funded medical student places by 200 students over five years. This will increase the total number of funded medical student places from 365 students a year to 565 – a boost of over 50%.

National Party: Hospice Care

Improving Hospice Care National will boost funding for hospices by $15 million a year to expand care and services and meet current financial challenges.

National Party: Health Funding And Framework

1. Continuing the Current Health Spending Growth Track Continue the growth in health spending set out in the 2008 Pre-Election Fiscal Update. This includes the Government’s indicative spending allocations.

National Party: Hospital Waiting Lists

1. Promoting Clinical Leadership • Reduce bureaucracy in health and shift savings to frontline care. • Ensure that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have more say in how health services are developed and improved.

National Party: Maternity Care

1. Boosting the Maternity Care Workforce • Establish a Voluntary Bonding Scheme that writes off student loan debt for graduate midwives who agree to work in hard-to-staff areas for three to five years. See our Voluntary Bonding Scheme for more details.

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