As the term of the new coalition government begins, the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) urges all parties to invest in the health of New Zealanders. Last month’s release of…
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Spending on health is a positive investment in individuals’ and family/whānau health, wellbeing and productivity, and saves money elsewhere in our economy.
The NZMA’s ‘Health as an Investment’ position statement supports an investment approach to health that takes the long-term view, consistent across the sector and sectors.
Addressing the social determinants of health is crucial, as health equity both improves economic performance and relieves pressure on the health system itself. This demands inter-sectoral and whole-of-government approaches.