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High hospitalisation rates for our children can't continue

This set of policy recommendations are aimed at the health and disability sector.

***Click the link the our full set of policy recommendations for healthcare policy***

In this video Dr Innes Asher highlights the key aspects of our policy recommendations.


CPAG Health spokesperson and paediatrician Dr Innes Asher says New Zealand needs a health and disability system that cherishes and supports our children.

“CPAG believes that a strong health and disability system can contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand being the best place in the world to be a child,” she says.

“And given children and their families living in poverty are at additional high risk of experiencing a whole range of physical and social challenges, the system supporting them with their health needs must be robust and comprehensive to ensure they are not held back by preventable illnesses.”

The key recommendations include; ensuring universal health coverage up to 18-year-olds, greater wraparound services for those with disabilities and for those who are pregnant, and that the system is managed under a centralised framework in place of the existing fragmented system.

Dr Asher says that an increased focus and resourcing to improve the health of children in low income communities is needed to reduce health inequities and to ensure New Zealand is the best place to raise a child.

“We can’t afford to allow our high rates of hospitalisation for children, with preventable diseases to continue. New Zealand can be the best place to grow up, but it starts by making sure we have a healthcare system that matches our aspirations.”

Click the link below for our full set of policy recommendations for healthcare policy.