Elisabeth Dacker: economic freedom can unlock better health care

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Supplied/StuffElisabeth Dacker, Social Credit candidate for Southland electorate.A series profiling Southland electorate candidates for the general election. Can we agree among ourselves that money troubles are blocking way too much of the access we should have to health care? Seems we can. In which case Social Credit Southland candidate Elisabeth​ Dacker would have us understand that the very real grief this is causing at household and district health board level has a major upstream source – the $5 billion the country pays annually to meet the interest charges of the foreign lenders to whom the Government turns to fund so much of what it does. This debt funding hits home, damaging health outcomes and facilities in Southland and nationwide, she says. Direct health funding via the Reserve Bank without the added cost of those foreign banks’ rapacious interest charges would liberate more spending which, provided we have our priorities straight, would carry huge benefits for the southerners struggling with accessibility to services from “notoriously underfunded’’ health boards. It’s not as if the government isn’t already prepared to spasmodically do the right thing. “We can use the example of the Canterbury DHB where the Government has written off debt …

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