Elisabeth Dacker: Economic freedom can unlock better health care

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Elisabeth Dacker, Creditiste candidate for the electorate of Southland.

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Elisabeth Dacker, Creditiste candidate for the electorate of Southland.

A series featuring the candidates of the Southland electorate in the general election.

Can we agree among ourselves that money problems are too much of a barrier to the access we should have to health care?

Looks like it’s possible.

In this case, Southland Social Credit candidate Elisabeth Dacker would like us to understand that the very real grief this causes at the household and district health board level has a major upstream source – the $ 5 billion that this causes. the country pays annually to cover the interest costs of foreigners. lenders to whom the government turns to finance much of what it does.

This debt financing is hitting homes, damaging health outcomes and facilities in Southland and across the country, she said.

Direct health financing through the Reserve Bank without the added cost of the rapacious interest charges of these foreign banks would free up more spending which, provided our priorities are clear, would bring huge benefits to struggling southerners. for accessibility to “notoriously underfunded” health advice services.

It’s not as if the government isn’t already ready to do the right thing in a spasmodic fashion.

“We can use the example of the Canterbury DHB where the government forgave the debt through the Reserve Bank – exactly what Social Credit stands for.

“If they can do it for one board of health, why can’t they do it for the others? “

Dacker is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working in Dunedin, recently moved home after spending seven years working and traveling abroad.

Prior to that, she worked for many years in the Central Otago ski industry and spent much of her life exploring the banks of the Clutha River in the Beaumont area, where her father still lives.

Abroad, she has worked in privatized and public health systems and saw the damage caused by entrenched party voting leading to futile changes of government but not big shifts in mentality.

She returned to find that New Zealand still does not give enough priority to health.

At Social Credit, she advocates for policies to promote what’s called lifestyle medicine, more easily described as a return to the way her grandparents lived – more active, eating less. junk food, less captivated by sedentary activities.

Diet is a key part of our exercise, which in turn is directly linked to mental and physical health. All of this so important. And all interconnected.

In this age of Covid, with domestic tourism now so important, the government must champion better marketing of internal travel _ “I know a lot of North Icelanders who never come to the South Island, and a lot of South Icelanders who never come to the North Island ” – while tourism companies would do well to give serious thought to reducing their fares.


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