Write to your MP, the Minister of Health and PHARMAC
A letter to MPs, Ministers and PHARMAC is an effective way of letting decision makers know what is important to their constituents and it is an essential element of a working democracy.
Remember that MPs are interested in the needs of their community. Your letters describing your story is worth your effort.
Tips for Writing Letters
All MPs have two addresses. The Parliament address and their electoral office. The parliamentary website can help find your MP’s contact details.
Ask them to pass on the letter to the appropriate Minister. This way your letter passes two sets of hands and is more effective.
Formatting and Content
Other Important Tips for Writing Letters
[123 Your Street]
[Your email @example.com]
[Day] September 20XX
[Insert MP name]
Private Bag 18 888
Local Electorate Office Address
Dear [Insert MP name],
New Zealand lung cancer patients are dying without access to effective treatments.
Over 1800 patients die each year, that is around 35 patients per week and 5 patients
per day. Lung cancer kills more people than melanoma, breast and prostate cancer deaths combined.
In April, PHARMAC was about to issue a proposal for funding an immunotherapy treatment, which is standard of care for lung cancer in many countries. Unfortunately, it was put on hold due to COVID-19. I acknowledge these are challenging time and taxpayer money is being spent on a wide variety of measures, but it is hard to understand how the Government can justify spending $75 million on horse racing, which is more than would be required to help patients with New Zealand’s deadliest cancer.
New medicines like [Insert medicine name] for lung cancer are funded in other countries for lung cancer and are extending patients’ lives, New Zealand is not one of those countries.
I urge you to support the funding of [Insert medicine name] for people affected by lung cancer.
I am one of those New Zealanders who….
I was diagnosed with…..
At this point, I am…..
I urge you and your party to ask PHARMAC to proceed with its lung funding proposal so that New Zealand patients can access modern medicines like the rest of the world. After all, lung cancer kills more people than melanoma, breast and prostate combined and yet patients are being left to die
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