Party vote

Health

The current government has reformed the public healthcare system, merging the many district health boards into two national entities – Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority. Parties on the right want to disestablish the Māori Health Authority and reprioritise health spending, including towards specific cancer treatments. Parties on the left defend the reforms and propose expanding free dental access.

Health

The current government has reformed the public healthcare system, merging the many district health boards into two national entities – Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority. Parties on the right want to disestablish the Māori Health Authority and reprioritise health spending, including towards specific cancer treatments. Parties on the left defend the reforms and propose expanding free dental access.

Key policiesAlcohol and drugsCovid-19 health responseHealth funding and workforceHealth servicesMedicinesMental healthPublic health

  • Provide free primary healthcare to under 30s

    Introduce a card and app for citizens and residents up to the age of 30

    Fund a new cancer treatment centre and laboratory in Christchurch

    Fund a new mental health and trauma centre in Christchurch

    Fund car parking improvements at Christchurch Hospital

    Provide healthcare workers with liveable wages and safer hours

    Increase placements at medical, nursing and dentistry schools

    Introduce an accelerated post-graduate medical programme for people with relevant degrees

    Increase financial incentives for medical workers who move to hard to staff areas or specialities

    Fund a free ambulance service

    Make all contraception free

    Make antenatal ultrasounds free

    Support Te Whatu Ora to provide more GP practices in rural areas

    Support further research into the use of psychoactive drugs to treat mental illnesses

    Fund a national expansion of the alcohol and other drug treatment court

    Legalise the sale of cannabis

    Provide free basic mental health care to under 30s

    Provide free dental care to under 30s

    Provide free basic eyecare to under 30s

    Increase funding for vape cessation programmes

    Restrict the sale of vapes to pharmacies

    Reform regulations for therapeutic products

  • Provide free mental health services for children and young people

    Provide free dental care for everyone

    Establish a New Zealand Dental Service

    Properly resource Māori oral health services

    Increase the number of dental professionals

    Reform drug laws

    Eliminate the use of seclusion in state care or disability services

    Legalise cannabis for personal use

    Expand alcohol and drug rehabilitation services

    Ban most alcohol ads and all sponsorships

    Improve frameworks for therapeutic uses of controlled substances

    Regulate the vaping industry and ban disposable vapes

    Increase access to overdose prevention services

    Create school hubs with health and social services

    Legislate for a right to a healthy environment

    Improve pregnancy care through better funding of midwives and services

    Strengthen Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Train healthcare workers to reduce biases

    Increase Pharmac funding

    Improve working conditions for healthcare workers

    Establish Healthy Air standards for building ventilation

    Reduce risk of sudden infant death among Māori

    Provide free mental health care

    Implement recommendations from the Ministry of Health's suicide prevention strategy

    Deliver mental health and addiction programmes targeted at Māori

    Speed up access to support for people with neurodivergent conditions

    Review Compulsory Treatment Orders for mental health

    Improve help for people suffering from eating disorders

    Train more mental health professionals

    Strengthen the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

    Develop a long-term strategy for improving dementia care

    Create ventilation standards for homes to reduce airborne illnesses

  • Retain free prescriptions

    Make funding for Māori health providers equitable

    Encourage government agencies and organisations to develop Te Reo Māori language development plans

    Limit the number of vape stores to 600

    Increase penalties for supplying vapes to under 18s

    Continue anti-vaping messaging for young people

    Investigate options to reduce the visibility of vape products in shops

    Provide free dental care to under 30s

    Increase the number of dental places at university by 50 percent

    Retain Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Improve study and employment options for Māori health workers

    Encourage dental clinics to hire workers from overseas

    Establish new research centres focused on tech, climate change, and pandemics

    Enable mental health professionals to attend emergency mental health incidents

    Make cervical screening free for those aged 25 to 69

    Increase doctors placements in medical schools

    Create 700 additional nursing placements

    Expand healthcare apprenticeship scheme

    Increase overseas recruitment of senior medical workers

    Extend the living wage to contracted and directly employed workers in the education sector and Te Whatu Ora

    Create a national endometriosis action plan

    Rebuild Hawke’s Bay Hospital

    Remove all remaining coal boilers in schools, tertiary institutions and hospitals

    Increase Pharmac funding by $1 billion over four years

    Continue the rollout of the HIV Action Plan

    Fund eight primary health care providers around the country to provide gender affirming care

    Review criteria for blood donation

    Introduce a nationwide informed consent model for gender affirming healthcare

    Protect intersex children from unnecessary medical intervention

    Increase funding for general practices

    Increase access to general practices and after-hours care

    Establish place-based health plans with community input

    Clear the backlog of people waiting more than a year for surgery by June 2024

    Clear the waitlist for people waiting more than four months for any procedure by 2026

    Standardise criteria for receiving cataract surgery

    Work towards a global pandemic treaty

  • Compensate people who lost jobs due to Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    Provide Hato Hone St John with adequate government funding

    Ensure Whānau Āwhina Plunket is adequately funded

    Fund charity that provides free counselling to young people

    Ensure rescue services are adequately funded

    Increase funding for medicines and review Pharmac

    Abolish Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Hold an inquiry into the Covid-19 response

    Repeal the Therapeutic Products Act

    Oppose the use of vaccine mandates

    Introduce mental health response units

    Provide seniors with two free doctor visits annually

    Pursue cross-party agreement around dementia care

  • Extend the adult criminal jurisdiction to cover 17-year-olds

    Review Pharmac

    Subsidise common elective surgeries in private hospitals

    Speed up evaluations for migrants seeking work in primary healthcare

    Sell public hospitals to private investors under leaseback arrangements

    Establish a national mental health and addiction agency

    Increase funding to GPs

    Repeal all or part of the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act

    Abolish Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Enable physician assistants to take on more tasks

    Give the minister of health the power to override regulations

    Restrict access to permanent sickness benefits

    Crowdsource the terms of reference for the Covid-19 Royal Commission of Inquiry

    Reverse the ban on over-the-counter pseudoephedrine

    Produce a medicines strategy every three years

    Approve new medicines approved overseas within a week

  • Increase funding for Te Aka Whai Ora

    Introduce a Māori health card

    Establish a kaupapa Māori mental health service

    Make Māori eligible for cancer screenings 10 years earlier

    Provide free primary health, dental care and medication to low income families

    Spend $1 billion per year on developing the health workforce

    Increase Pharmac funding

    Support mātauranga Māori models of health

    Establish a Māori accident compensation authority

    Decriminalise drug use

    Enable mental health professionals to attend emergency mental health incidents

    Increase funding for Whānau Ora and drug abuse prevention

    Improve access to health services for disabled people

    Aim to ensure antenatal screening programmes are not biased towards termination if disability is diagnosed

  • Provide personhood rights to foetuses from conception

    Ban medical abortions and withdraw public funding for abortion services

    Ban assisted dying and prioritise funding for palliative care

    Ban gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapies for young people

    Oppose the use of vaccine mandates

    Expand Covid-19 inquiry to examine vaccine injuries

    Pay compensation to people who lost jobs due to Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    Tighten restrictions on alcohol marketing

    Oppose border closures

  • Establish a third medical school

    Increase the number of placements at Auckland and Otago medical schools

    Increase funding for victim support services

    Extend free breast cancer screening to those aged up to 74 years

    Create bonding scheme for nurses and midwives working in NZ

    Offer automatic six-month work visas to qualified nurses and midwives from overseas

    Provide relocation grants to up to 1000 qualified overseas nurses or midwives

    Increase funding for new cancer treatments

    Limit access to free prescriptions to those on low incomes and those over 65

    Abolish Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Create a fund to support community mental health organisations

    Establish a minister for mental health

    Work with the construction sector to improve access to mental health services

    Set performance targets for health system waiting times

    Pay bonus to GPs who lift immunisation rates for at-risk age groups

    Develop guidelines for ovarian cancer diagnosis

    Consider lowering the age for free bowel cancer screening

    Review prostate cancer diagnosis and management

    Increase Pharmac funding by $724 million over four years

    Speed up medicine approval process

    Increase transparency around medicine funding process

    Provide free blood sugar monitors to young people with type 1 diabetes

    Extend free postnatal stays from two to three days

    Increase the number of psychiatrist registrar placements

    Increase the number of clinical psychologists trained each year

    Retain recent vaping reforms

    Increase penalties for supplying vapes to under 18s

    Limit the number of vape stores to 600

    Ban vape products from being visible from the street

Key policiesAlcohol and drugsCovid-19 health responseHealth funding and workforceHealth servicesMedicinesMental healthPublic health

  • Provide free primary healthcare to under 30s

    Introduce a card and app for citizens and residents up to the age of 30

    Fund a new cancer treatment centre and laboratory in Christchurch

    Fund a new mental health and trauma centre in Christchurch

    Fund car parking improvements at Christchurch Hospital

    Provide healthcare workers with liveable wages and safer hours

    Increase placements at medical, nursing and dentistry schools

    Introduce an accelerated post-graduate medical programme for people with relevant degrees

    Increase financial incentives for medical workers who move to hard to staff areas or specialities

    Fund a free ambulance service

    Make all contraception free

    Make antenatal ultrasounds free

    Support Te Whatu Ora to provide more GP practices in rural areas

    Support further research into the use of psychoactive drugs to treat mental illnesses

    Fund a national expansion of the alcohol and other drug treatment court

    Legalise the sale of cannabis

    Provide free basic mental health care to under 30s

    Provide free dental care to under 30s

    Provide free basic eyecare to under 30s

    Increase funding for vape cessation programmes

    Restrict the sale of vapes to pharmacies

    Reform regulations for therapeutic products

  • Provide free mental health services for children and young people

    Provide free dental care for everyone

    Establish a New Zealand Dental Service

    Properly resource Māori oral health services

    Increase the number of dental professionals

    Reform drug laws

    Eliminate the use of seclusion in state care or disability services

    Legalise cannabis for personal use

    Expand alcohol and drug rehabilitation services

    Ban most alcohol ads and all sponsorships

    Improve frameworks for therapeutic uses of controlled substances

    Regulate the vaping industry and ban disposable vapes

    Increase access to overdose prevention services

    Create school hubs with health and social services

    Legislate for a right to a healthy environment

    Improve pregnancy care through better funding of midwives and services

    Strengthen Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Train healthcare workers to reduce biases

    Increase Pharmac funding

    Improve working conditions for healthcare workers

    Establish Healthy Air standards for building ventilation

    Reduce risk of sudden infant death among Māori

    Provide free mental health care

    Implement recommendations from the Ministry of Health's suicide prevention strategy

    Deliver mental health and addiction programmes targeted at Māori

    Speed up access to support for people with neurodivergent conditions

    Review Compulsory Treatment Orders for mental health

    Improve help for people suffering from eating disorders

    Train more mental health professionals

    Strengthen the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

    Develop a long-term strategy for improving dementia care

    Create ventilation standards for homes to reduce airborne illnesses

  • Retain free prescriptions

    Make funding for Māori health providers equitable

    Encourage government agencies and organisations to develop Te Reo Māori language development plans

    Limit the number of vape stores to 600

    Increase penalties for supplying vapes to under 18s

    Continue anti-vaping messaging for young people

    Investigate options to reduce the visibility of vape products in shops

    Provide free dental care to under 30s

    Increase the number of dental places at university by 50 percent

    Retain Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Improve study and employment options for Māori health workers

    Encourage dental clinics to hire workers from overseas

    Establish new research centres focused on tech, climate change, and pandemics

    Enable mental health professionals to attend emergency mental health incidents

    Make cervical screening free for those aged 25 to 69

    Increase doctors placements in medical schools

    Create 700 additional nursing placements

    Expand healthcare apprenticeship scheme

    Increase overseas recruitment of senior medical workers

    Extend the living wage to contracted and directly employed workers in the education sector and Te Whatu Ora

    Create a national endometriosis action plan

    Rebuild Hawke’s Bay Hospital

    Remove all remaining coal boilers in schools, tertiary institutions and hospitals

    Increase Pharmac funding by $1 billion over four years

    Continue the rollout of the HIV Action Plan

    Fund eight primary health care providers around the country to provide gender affirming care

    Review criteria for blood donation

    Introduce a nationwide informed consent model for gender affirming healthcare

    Protect intersex children from unnecessary medical intervention

    Increase funding for general practices

    Increase access to general practices and after-hours care

    Establish place-based health plans with community input

    Clear the backlog of people waiting more than a year for surgery by June 2024

    Clear the waitlist for people waiting more than four months for any procedure by 2026

    Standardise criteria for receiving cataract surgery

    Work towards a global pandemic treaty

  • Compensate people who lost jobs due to Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    Provide Hato Hone St John with adequate government funding

    Ensure Whānau Āwhina Plunket is adequately funded

    Fund charity that provides free counselling to young people

    Ensure rescue services are adequately funded

    Increase funding for medicines and review Pharmac

    Abolish Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Hold an inquiry into the Covid-19 response

    Repeal the Therapeutic Products Act

    Oppose the use of vaccine mandates

    Introduce mental health response units

    Provide seniors with two free doctor visits annually

    Pursue cross-party agreement around dementia care

  • Extend the adult criminal jurisdiction to cover 17-year-olds

    Review Pharmac

    Subsidise common elective surgeries in private hospitals

    Speed up evaluations for migrants seeking work in primary healthcare

    Sell public hospitals to private investors under leaseback arrangements

    Establish a national mental health and addiction agency

    Increase funding to GPs

    Repeal all or part of the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act

    Abolish Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Enable physician assistants to take on more tasks

    Give the minister of health the power to override regulations

    Restrict access to permanent sickness benefits

    Crowdsource the terms of reference for the Covid-19 Royal Commission of Inquiry

    Reverse the ban on over-the-counter pseudoephedrine

    Produce a medicines strategy every three years

    Approve new medicines approved overseas within a week

  • Increase funding for Te Aka Whai Ora

    Introduce a Māori health card

    Establish a kaupapa Māori mental health service

    Make Māori eligible for cancer screenings 10 years earlier

    Provide free primary health, dental care and medication to low income families

    Spend $1 billion per year on developing the health workforce

    Increase Pharmac funding

    Support mātauranga Māori models of health

    Establish a Māori accident compensation authority

    Decriminalise drug use

    Enable mental health professionals to attend emergency mental health incidents

    Increase funding for Whānau Ora and drug abuse prevention

    Improve access to health services for disabled people

    Aim to ensure antenatal screening programmes are not biased towards termination if disability is diagnosed

  • Provide personhood rights to foetuses from conception

    Ban medical abortions and withdraw public funding for abortion services

    Ban assisted dying and prioritise funding for palliative care

    Ban gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapies for young people

    Oppose the use of vaccine mandates

    Expand Covid-19 inquiry to examine vaccine injuries

    Pay compensation to people who lost jobs due to Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    Tighten restrictions on alcohol marketing

    Oppose border closures

  • Establish a third medical school

    Increase the number of placements at Auckland and Otago medical schools

    Increase funding for victim support services

    Extend free breast cancer screening to those aged up to 74 years

    Create bonding scheme for nurses and midwives working in NZ

    Offer automatic six-month work visas to qualified nurses and midwives from overseas

    Provide relocation grants to up to 1000 qualified overseas nurses or midwives

    Increase funding for new cancer treatments

    Limit access to free prescriptions to those on low incomes and those over 65

    Abolish Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority

    Create a fund to support community mental health organisations

    Establish a minister for mental health

    Work with the construction sector to improve access to mental health services

    Set performance targets for health system waiting times

    Pay bonus to GPs who lift immunisation rates for at-risk age groups

    Develop guidelines for ovarian cancer diagnosis

    Consider lowering the age for free bowel cancer screening

    Review prostate cancer diagnosis and management

    Increase Pharmac funding by $724 million over four years

    Speed up medicine approval process

    Increase transparency around medicine funding process

    Provide free blood sugar monitors to young people with type 1 diabetes

    Extend free postnatal stays from two to three days

    Increase the number of psychiatrist registrar placements

    Increase the number of clinical psychologists trained each year

    Retain recent vaping reforms

    Increase penalties for supplying vapes to under 18s

    Limit the number of vape stores to 600

    Ban vape products from being visible from the street

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