National to scrap cap

Here’s a good reason to not vote National next year.

National are going to scrap the cap on the fee you pay to your GP, so effectively your doctor will be able to charge you more.

National leader John Key said the competitive market would ensure doctors’ fees did not go through the roof.

Raising the fees you pay to see your doctor is part of National’s discussion document on health and is designed to “put people first”.

Goodness knows how that is going to happen. John Key reckons that if your doctor charges you too much you’ll go down the road to someone else.

  • In some small towns there is no-one else
  • We develop relationships with our doctors – we shouldn’t have to change based on cost
  • The only ones to win out of this are the doctors

People seeking health care shouldn’t have to compete for it based on market forces. Sure, we all want a more efficient health system, but letting the health professionals name their price is not the way to go about it. Without doubt it will mean that some folk in the community will decide not to seek help…and ultimately this will end up costing the nation more.

Bad policy John. This will bite you on the arse – but you (unlike many) will be able to afford to get it treated.

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3 thoughts on “National to scrap cap”

  1. And doesn’t Tony Ryall understand that if you remove health care from the grass roots you add to the problems in hospitals, and to the cost of ongoing healthcare.

    Bloody idiots.

  2. I have to say when I first heard this proposal my thoughts were similar to yours
    I was going to use that old line”I used have the same ignorant perception” but it is to early in the day to start trolling and quite frankly that is not my intention
    I have done some research and almost all Drs increases have been allowed, this new proposal will just cut out another level of time wasters
    I like to think I can trust my Dr. and hopefully he/she is not out to gouge me of every spare cent I have.
    I don’t use the health service much( only a couple of times in the last 30 years) but do live in a small town where changing doctors would be a problem

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