Healthcare

Herald editorial slams Labour’s health bribe

Another day, another poorly poorly designed policy although this one is just a straight out bribe to rip the votes away from Winston First.

People are seeing Labour’s cynical health policy for what it is, a bribe, with money the government doesn’t even have.

When policymakers in the modern world worry about the cost to future taxpayers of ageing populations, pensions are only part of it. Healthcare also contributes to the bill. As is always evident in doctors’ waiting rooms, older people are heavy users of health services. But it is not just their number that is increasing as the postwar baby boom moves into retirement; advances in the care and treatment of organ deterioration are rapidly extending the human lifespan. Welcome and wondrous as they are, the treatments come at ever increasing cost to a decreasing ratio of working taxpayers.

For that reason, younger voters ought to ask hard questions of the Labour Party’s election promise to provide free primary healthcare for everyone over 65. The first question to ask is, how many of them need it? Some with chronic conditions may struggle to afford a fee for the frequent visits they need, but these days general practices are funded for the needs of a range of enrolled patients and doctors can vary their charges. Labour proposes to replace doctors’ discretion with free consultations and medicines to the over-65s regardless of their ability to pay.

It would give the elderly the same benefits provided to children up to age 13 in this year’s Budget, which Labour endorses. It would add pregnant women to the free list too, for any medical attention they might need in addition to the prenatal care that is already free. Not all parents of children under 13, or expectant mothers, need these benefits either. Many can well afford to pay a fee. But at least a case can be made in generational equity for children and young parents. Not so, the older generation.

Labour is offering free doctors and medicines to a generation that grew up in a welfare state, attended university at a fraction of the cost faced by their children, bought houses at lower relative prices, had their top income tax rates reduced by half early in their working years and enjoyed galloping house price inflation in their peak earning period.

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Real change

I watch a lot of videos for this job.  Mostly it is just fluff and I may not watch them all the way through.  This one I couldn’t tear myself away from.  Intelligent, sober, capable people are homeless while just trying to get the basics met.  There is no mandatory Sky TV for these people.

And somehow some of our politicians have most of us believing we have true poverty in our country.

I’m not buying.

REAL CHANGE from adam michael becker on Vimeo.

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An email from a reader about the Aged Care hit job from the NZ Herald

I received this email yesterday and I thought I’d share it with readers…especially those out there who may think that we are irrelevant or ineffective at what we are trying to do here at WOBH.

I have redacted personal details on purpose.

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Hi Cameron

I work in the Aged Care industry and was disappointed at the way NZ Herald reporters tried to paint a bleak picture on the Aged Care industry. Most facilities I visit genuinely try to do the best for their residents. There are always rogue operators in every industry but nearly all do genuinely care.

There is an aged care magazine in New Zealand and as you can see they are not impressed at the behaviour displayed by the “trained and decent” members of the fourth estate. This is the magazine the services the actual industry called Insite Magazine.

It is worth noting that there is a wide spread belief in the industry that your article on the leaked email about NZ Herald’s desire to ridicule an industry to sell papers helped improve the overall tone of the reporting. This industry tends to be left leaning so to get them praising you is something of a minor miracle.

In creating this series of articles about aged care I believe the NZ Herald must work on the maxim “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”

Here is the response by Martin Taylor CEO of the NZ Aged Care Association.

Horror stories not a fair reflection of aged care sector

In September, a leaked email from some health reporters revealed they wanted to find the “worst horror stories” in aged care for a week of recrimination and anguish.

The leaked email shows reporters are only too willing to publish preconceived ideas about an industry that has made significant advances in care delivery in recent years and they have no issue repeating incorrect stereotypes or isolated instances to condemn all operators.  Read more »

Map of the Day

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This info graph/map shows the number of doctors per 100k people and how much is spent on healthcare per head of population.

Healthcare costs perspective

Sue Moroney MP turns Labour around in one fell swoop

With all the negativity flowing from and towards the New Zealand Labour Party, it’s good to see that some Labour MPs are able to celebrate New Zealand success stories.

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Or not.

Not only does Sue put the boot into New Zealand ingenuity, NZ Exports and our Asian export partners, she also, in the same 13 carefully crafted words insulted everyone over 70 years of age for being technophobes.

Is anyone actually capable of something positive in the New Zealand Labour Party right now?

Or does it all come down to tearing down achievers and putting people into boxes?

(over the break, an image of the iRobi healtcare robot)

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Is this what we expect from our Civil Servants?

I received this by email. Kere Menzies sent in this Letter to the Editor in the Southland Times

LETTER FROM KERE MENZIES, RIVERTON

The Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro has been fairly scathing in her remarks regarding the New Zealand-based organisation Family First.

It is fairly ironic that she finds fault when organisations such as this are doing the job she is paid for – being a voice for New Zealand families and children.

Whilst she has been very vocal when attacking these groups, she is mysteriously quiet on the Trevor Mallard incident during the “It’s Never OK” Violence Campaign funded by the Government, very quiet when the prostitution report from South Auckland was released earlier this year highlighting the number of young teenagers prostituting themselves, silent when police refused to prosecute a 21-year-old who got a 13-year-old pregnant (after starting the relationship when she was 11), non-existent for the recent cancelling of the sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to infanticide and, the worst yet, not even interested over the ultimate child abuse of abortion.

Like the Children’s Commission, Cindy Kiro is a waste of space and good taxpayers’ money. This is the year for change.

Cindy Kiro responded thus;

REPLY FROM CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER Dr CINDY KIRO:

This letter appears to be part of a campaign against my office by extremist religious political lobby group Family First as it quotes liberally from the most recent Family First newsletter. For this reason I question the letter’s originality and validity.

As Children’s Commissioner I speak out wherever I see the safety and wellbeing of children is being jeopardised.

Some of the instances referred to in this letter, I was, in fact, the first to speak out on, for example, the 21-year-old who got a 13-year-old pregnant.

I don’t think even my detractors could ever say I am mysteriously quiet when it comes to matters of child welfare.

I am tired of extremist religious lobby groups such as Family First using children as a political football to push their wider political agenda

This reply from Kiro is disgusting and not the standard of behaviour we expect from our civil servants. So opinions are not to be tolerated if they appear similar to Family First huh? The Government first regulated freedom of speech and now they are regulating through the bully boy civil servants opinion. It is ok for the Prime Ministers “husband” to write letters but not ok for someone who has read a Family First pamphlet.

Sister City Opportunity

Dear Most Excellent Highness Your Worship Dick Hubbard
         
Request for Urgent Sister City Relationship                 
 
I am the group managing director of the Lagos City Council (LCC) in the Republic of Nigeria and I write on behalf of the Mayor of Lagos City Council, His Excellency Charles SOLUDO.
 
The members of our sister city relationship committee are interested in the exportation of goods into Auckland and the importation of the goods into Lagos, using the funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria/Lagos City Council foreign payments account.
 
Our request is anchored on our strong desire to establish a lasting business relationship with you and your city. We hence solicit your partnership to enable us transfer into your account the said funds. You have been recommended to us in confidence and we were assured of your ability and reliability to prosecute business transaction that require maximum confidentiality.
 
This fund is presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria/Lagos City Council foreign payments account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). To this effect, the present Mayor and Council in Nigeria set up an adhoc committee to identify, scrutinize and recommend for payment all valid contracts that have been fully executed. In the course of our assignment, we have identified a lot of misappropriated and inflated funds which are presently floating in the suspense account of the Central Bank of Nigeria ready for payment. The companies who executed their contracts have been fully paid. It is now part of the over inflated sum of NZD$500,000,000 that we intend to transfer into the foreign account.
 
I have therefore been mandated as a matter of trust by the members of the committee to look for a foreign partner into whose account we could transfer the sum of NZD$500,000,000(Five Hundred million of your New Zealand dollars) only.
 
We have agreed to procure goods and services from your city to this value over the coming year, on the proviso that your council enters into a sister city relationship with Lagos, for the sum of $100,000 US Dollars.
 
Please note that this transaction is 100% safe and guaranteed since the law under which our committee was set up has empowered us to disburse all the funds found to be floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria redundant account from 1985 till date. We shall commence the transfer of the funds immediately we receive the following information by email:
 
(1) your company’s name and full address
(2) your banker’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers
(3) the account number and name of beneficiary.
 
The above information are to enable us put up letters of claim and job description to the respective ministries for the issuance of the mandatory fund release approval/recommendations. This way, your company will become recognised and accepted as the beneficiary of the contract entitlements before the final remittance to your nominated account by the Central Bank of Nigeria being the paying bank.
 
We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit your absolute confidentiality in this transaction. Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter using the above telefax numbers for more details regarding the transaction.
 
Yours faithfully, ALHAJI D. BAYERO
 
On behalf of Dr Charles Soludo
Mayor of Lagos
Nigeria
[email protected]
 
(please reply to this email account only)

Kiwi twist to Nigerian scam

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

I saw this article the other day and thought to myself, ha ha ha now the Nigerians can accept EftPOS and Credit Cards for their scams.

“So what we’ve done is work with this company in Sydney made up of several Nigerians living in Australia but [who] have very high level contacts to Interswitch in Lagos, and into the political arena in Nigeria.”

I bet they are high level….just imagine the Nigerian emails now.

Date

FROM: Mr. Ben Ahore
Central Bank of Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria
[Phone Number]

TO: D. Umbass
Address

Dear Sir:

I have been requested by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company to contact you for assistance in resolving a matter. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company has recently concluded a large number of contracts for oil exploration in the sub-Sahara region. The contracts have immediately produced moneys equalling US$40,000,000. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company is desirous of oil exploration in other parts of the world, however, because of certain regulations of the Nigerian Government, it is unable to move these funds to another region.

You assistance is requested as a non-Nigerian citizen to assist the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, and also the Central Bank of Nigeria, in moving these funds out of Nigeria. If the funds can be transferred to your name, in your United States account, then you can forward the funds as directed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. In exchange for your accomodating services, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company would agree to allow you to retain 10%, or US$4 million of this amount.

However, to be a legitimate transferee of these moneys according to Nigerian law, you must presently be a depositor of at least US$100,000 in a Nigerian bank which is regulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

If it will be possible for you to assist us, we would be most grateful. We suggest that you meet with us in person in Lagos, and that during your visit I introduce you to the representatives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, as well as with certain officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

If you are unable to meet in person, then not to worry we have now obtained very good EFTPOS technology from much good New Zealand company and can now accept credit card transaction over the Interweb.

Please call me at your earliest convenience at [Phone Number]. Time is of the essence in this matter; very quickly the Nigerian Government will realize that the Central Bank is maintaining this amount on deposit, and attempt to levy certain depository taxes on it.

Yours truly, etc.

Ben Ahore