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Health select committee votes against inquiry into Pharmac funding model

Labour and New Zealand First MPs have voted against a select committee inquiry into Pharmac despite desperate pleas from women with advanced breast cancer.

Politics MPs question ‘postcode pricing’ of breast cancer drugs

Women with advanced breast cancer appear to be the victims of "global postcode pricing" of treatments, National says.

Ninety per cent of submissions on euthanasia bill say no to assisted dying

More than 90 per cent of Kiwis who made submissions on the euthanasia bill want the proposed law change scrapped.

Disappointment at CGT pushing alcohol and sugar tax off agenda

Health advocates are disappointed but pragmatic that alcohol and sugar tax reforms were sidelined by the Capital Gains Tax recommendation in the Tax Working Group’s final report. By Fiona Cassie

Strict immigration policies are having a negative impact on migrants’ health

Immigrants to high income countries, such as New Zealand, are facing health issues due to strict immigration policies. By Ruby Harfield.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils new standards for all NZ rental homes

New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.

Wellbeing Budget to change measures of success

Ruby Harfield attends a discussion on this year’s Wellbeing Budget and getting wellbeing front and centre of the New Zealand policy environment.

Smoking to be banned in cars when children under 18 are present, Govt announces

Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced.

Human Rights Council recommends abortion be decriminalised

The United Nations Human Rights Council has recommended New Zealand removes abortion from the Crimes Act, but anti-abortion advocates argue that there is no evidence to support that abortion is no longer a crime.

Ministry of Health exploring feasibility of a sugar tax but Govt has ruled it...

The Ministry of Health is looking into a sugar tax but the Government continues to rule one out for the time being.
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More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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