The Supreme Court has ruled that a council can add fluoride to the water supply in South Taranaki, despite legislation stating people have the right to refuse medical treatment.
The health targets dropped by the Government because they were creating "perverse outcomes" for patients were introduced by the Labour-led government in 2007.
National has warned that there will be more preventable deaths in the health system now that the Government has dropped national health targets.
How effective has the push since 2001 to improve primary health care services been and what are the ongoing barriers to Kiwis accessing care are being examined in a major research project.
Act Party leader David Seymour says he may change his euthanasia bill to allow doctors to completely remove themselves from any role in assisted dying.
Doctors practising in rural areas say the proposed tourist tax should also benefit healthcare services in the regions; given peak tourism seasons can heavily impact those services.
A leading researcher says the health impacts of cannabis on young people needs to be taken into account before any law change.
The legalising euthanasia debate was put before a ‘Citizens’ Jury’ recently by medical researchers to see whether a random group of Kiwis could reach a consensus after hearing experts on the issue.
New Zealanders may get the opportunity to vote on legalising cannabis and voluntary euthanasia at the same time, possibly as early as next year.