Left and right criticise Labour’s health targeting

Labour has been criticised from both the left and the right for their targeting of health handouts.

David Farrar at Kiwiblog provides data to back up his claim that the elderly are the age group least troubled by access to  health care in Labour’s health promises not well targeted 

The Ministry of Health done an annual health survey. One of their questions is whether someone has not gone to see a GP in the last year due to the cost. Here is the breakdown, in order, by age:

  • 25 – 34: 22.3%
  • 35 – 44: 17.8%
  • 15 – 24: 15.8%
  • 45 – 54: 13.9%
  • 55 – 64: 12.1%
  • 65 – 74: 6.3%
  • 75+: 4.7%

Here’s the breakdown by age of those who did not get a prescription filled because of cost:

  • 25 – 34: 7.6%
  • 45 – 54: 7.5%
  • 35 – 44: 7.2%
  • 15 – 24: 6.1%
  • 55 – 64: 5.6%
  • 65 – 74: 3.2%
  • 75+: 1.9%

Also the Health Survey shows a positive trend for prescriptions, not a worsening one.

…and Farrar comments:

So Labour’s policy is not just slightly badly targeted – it is as far away from the area of most need as possible. They are saying we must provide free GP visits to the age group that has the least problem paying. It’s is purely about middle class welfare votes, not about health.

And in Labour – “Ready to Win” at the Labour/left Standard ‘Oh Busby’ comments:

This was Labour’s big roll of the dice.

And free health-care for the over 65s is an incredible waste of cash. Poorly targetted, largely unnecessary, and incredibly expensive.

It’s a naked vote grab for the vote-rich elderly demographic, subsidised by the working poor. Workers who will get their superannuation taken away from them until 67.

Labour had a real mandate for bold change, and this is what they served up. I’m disgusted and appalled.

This is shameful.

How the hell can any Labour activist try and sell this to a working age person?

Targeting votes rather than targeting the most effective spending of taxpayer money on health.

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