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The healthcare system of New Zealand has undergone significant changes throughout the past several decades. Currently, New Zealand has a mixed public-private system for delivering healthcare.
In New Zealand hospitals are public and treat citizens or permanent residents free of charge and are managed by District Health Boards. Under the Labour coalition governments, 1999 - 2008, there were plans to make primary health care available free of charge. At present government subsidies exist in health care. This system is funded by taxes.
The New Zealand government agency PHARMAC subsides certain pharmaceuticals depending upon their category. Co-payments exist however these are ignored if the user has a community health services card or high user health card.
In 2005, New Zealand spent 8.9% of GDP on health care, or US$2,403 per capita. Of that, approximately 77% was government expenditure.[
Originally posted by cloakndagger
I made an office visit for a tick bite just to be on the safe side. I spent a total time of 15 min. at the office. I got a prescription for antibiotic cream and told to watch for the redness to go away in a few days if not come back. Total cost was $88.00. $88 dollars for 15 minutes! That is $352.00 an hour.
Page 9 Hostile Takeover by David Sirota
For instance, instead of regulating drug and health insurance prices like every other industrilized country, our government hands out corporate welfare checks to the pharmaceutical and HMO Companies as a bribe to get them to imporve their medical benefits (which invariabley, they don't). Instead of forcing companies to pay their wokers better through minimum wage mandates, we get proposals to give companies even more tax breaks if they agree to consider pay increases. Instead of laws that prohibit oil companies from gouging Americans with higher and higher gas prices, we bet billions of dollars' worth of new tax breaks to the petroleum industry. In other words, problems for average Americans become oportunities for lawmakers to shower Corporate America with taxpayer cash instead of an impetus to reform a broken system.
Originally posted by admriker444
you want to blame someone, blame the insurance megaliths and big pharm but dont blame doctors. that $88 translated into $20 or less in that doctor's pocket. not very much when you consider docs make next to nothing for 14+ years of training plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.