No waiting lists for veterinary care ...
A survey published in the NZ Herald today shows that health and education
are two of the top three concerns in this election - "as they are every
election, and with very good reason," says Libertarianz deputy Dr. Richard
McGrath. He says it is no coincidence at all that health and education are
both run by government, and that health and education concerns everyone:
"People should really draw the obvious conclusion from this - that
governments are simply unable to manage health and education without making
a mess of them! There are no waiting lists for veterinary care when your pet
is sick, yet we put up with state hospital waiting lists for sick children.
Now," asks McGrath, "which one of these two services is run by Nanny State,
and which is fully privatised?"
Releasing his party's policy on health, McGrath, a Wairarapa GP and his
party's spokesman to deregulate health, says that "under government control
we have 'die-while-you-wait' hospitals, and underpaid teachers in
underperforming factory schools. If government ran vet clinics I have no
doubt we would see exactly the same thing - waiting lists, strikes and
McGrath says his party's policy on health will take the management of health
right out of the incompetent hands of government, and put it back where it
belongs. "We will progressively remove the state from all involvement in
medicine allowing providers of all forms of prevention, treatment and
therapy to compete in an open marketplace. 'Die-while-you-wait' state
hospitals will be given back to their communities to manage as they see fit.
This transfer will be quite literal, with real ownership transferred in the
form of shares. Further, significant tax relief will leave money in your
pocket to spend for your own and your family's health care as they see fit."
LIBERTARIANZ HEALTH POLICY
Based on simple libertarian principles:
- voluntary contractual agreements should be upheld through enforcement
of the rule of just laws;
- individuals should be left free to spend their own money on whatever
level of health care they wish to purchase.
Policy platform in brief:
- full privatisation of the health industry, with ownership of state
medical facilities transferred to the communities who use them and
the professionals who actually run them;
- abolition of the centralised control of health services, educational
facilities and professional bodies;
- encourage competition in the provision of health services to lower
cost and increase quality of service.
- implement radical tax reform to give all New Zealanders the option of
managing their own health budget;
- phase in user-pays and charitable funding of state hospitals; phase
out government funding and interference;
- user-pays, philanthropic, corporate or other private funding of
health-related training centres (e.g. universities);
- de-license medical professionals and break the 'boys-club' monopoly;
allow self-regulation by voluntary bodies (e.g. Medical Association,
- encourage open immigration of health professionals, in order to bust
protective monopolistic behaviour within medical sub-specialties,
ensure more open competition and spur local training centres to
increase the quality of their graduates;
- medical subsidies to be provided by charities, co-operatives trade
unions, friendly societies and insurance companies; not by the
forcible redistribution of assets and wealth from their rightful
There are no waiting lists for veterinary care when your pet is sick - yet
we put up with state hospital waiting lists for sick children.
Now, which one of these two services is run by Nanny State, and which is
VOTE LIBERTARIANZ - in Wellington Central, Tauranga, Hamilton West,
Whangarei and New Plymouth
Dr Richard McGrath
General Practitioner, Masterton
Deputy Leader, Libertarianz
Phone 025 2300 868
Fax 06 377 3070