Tagged: Ministry of Health

Why Pharmac Does Not Always Work - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 09, 2010

I see an number of doctors are voicing their concerns of the government interest in a Pharmac-like organisation to take over hospital based purchases. Not without good reason, I might add. The Pharmac model has a major flaw. That flaw is that the model is based on the free availability of cheap “equivalents”. There is no [...] Related posts: … Read More

Profit and Loss - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 08, 2010

Not satisfied with rendering cold and flu medicines ineffective by removing pseudoephedrine from general sale, Medsafe continues it’s onslaught on cold and flu meds by trying to remove all the syrups and infusions from supermarket shelves. Apparently they are concerned about the use of them in under sixes (despite the fact that fatalities are very [...] Related posts: … Read More

Health Cheque - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 24, 2010

I have finally managed to sit down and finish Gareth Morgan’s book, Health Cheque,  on the New Zealand health care system (long international flights are at least good for something). I find most of Morgan’s books a little superficial for my tastes and Health Cheque is certainly no exception, lacking, as it does, any deep [...] Related posts: … Read More

Show Me the Technology - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 06, 2010

The Dominion Post writes yesterday about the looming shortage of oncologists. Four cancer doctors have resigned in a very short space of time. The article explores all the usual reasons why doctors leave, particularly the worrying ones of overwork,  which can only be fixed by employing more hard-to-get doctors. What struck me, though, was the [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 08, 2009

There is good and bad in the news that Pharmac is to morph into a single purchasing point for all medicine and health technology. The Good Technology purchases will be co-ordinated across the country, meaning that a doctor can move from one hospital to another without having to learn how all the gadgets that have become so [...] Related posts: … Read More

Sounds Familiar - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 03, 2009

This is the section on health from the 2025 Task Force summary: 10. Health: a. A funder-provider model should be reintroduced in the hospital sector, allowing much greater private sector involvement in the provision of taxpayer-funded services. b. Universal (unrelated to income or health status) subsidies for doctors’ visits should be abolished. c. Subsidies for prescription pharmaceuticals should be substantially … Read More