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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.

This investment will provide equitable funding across hospices and secure this vital health service for our communities.

It will help hospices to:

• Expand the care and services they provide.

• Retain nursing staff.

• Move out of or reduce their deficits.

• Reduce their reliance on fundraising.

National will work with DHBs, Hospice New Zealand, and individual hospices to ensure that funding is allocated equitably, and that it takes into account the level of public funding hospices currently receive.

This funding will come from the indicative health spending allocations in the 2008 Pre-Election Fiscal Update. This is in line with our plan to reduce bureaucracy and shift more health spending to frontline care for patients.

National will also commit to engaging with experienced staff involved in hospice care so we can continue to improve this vital and often overlooked part of New Zealand’s health services.

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