Having been in charge of a newspaper, I can recognise the modus operandi of a press release based “news” article a mile away. ¬†First you receive the press release, and then they phone you trying to get you to run a story about it.
Never worked on us, but it seems¬†Sarah Harvey was happy enough to become a shill for the rapacious insurance industry and compromise her paper along with it¬†so she could appear as if she has done some really cool investigative work.
Here’s some of her Pulitzer prize winning stuff
A sharp drop in the number of people taking out health insurance has prompted warnings public hospital waiting lists will spiral as baby boomers hit retirement age.
The drop-off in private health insurance comes as premiums rise, despite aggressive campaigning from New Zealand health insurance market newcomers NIB and a push to keep older people on health insurance.
Roger Styles, chief executive of the Health Funds Association, which represents insurers, said the number of people with health insurance sat just under 30 per cent of the population or 1.3 million – a decline of about 13,000 since 2012 and the lowest number in at least the past decade.
This compares with about 55 per cent of the population in Australia, where insurance is compulsory for high-income earners, but only about 11 per cent in the UK, which operates a free national health system.
The number of people waiting for surgery sat at about 33,000 in June last year, a similar number to 2009. It has spiked as high as 38,000 in 2011.
Styles said health insurance numbers generally followed economic cycles but an ageing population was also having a marked effect – fewer people over 65 have health insurance and that was increasingly the case because of high premiums past retirement age.
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So here is the press release that makes it look like Sarah Harvey took the time to investigate the Health Insurance industry and tracked down people to interview. ¬† Read more »