We would like to acknowledge and praise Patrick Gower for highlighting the inequity that exists in health (per lung cancer and cystic fibrosis – just two examples of many) and for pushing the issue to reform Pharmac at the leaders debate. The public are becoming more aware Pharmac is an instrument of government and therefore is the result of irresponsible government policy settings. NZ’s drug buying agency (Pharmac) lacks transparency, it too has a thrift culture that dismisses patient input with the assessment and reimbursement process. A review of Pharmac is absolutely needed and LFNZ will push for input per the terms of reference for a review.
Kia kaha, kia mārū, kia atawhai