Bigger bureaucracy won’t cure cancer

Labour is pledging the same access to cancer treatment for everyone:

Labour is promising all New Zealanders will have access to the same level of cancer care no matter where they live.

It says it will set up a National Cancer Agency, initially costing $20 million, which will develop a national cancer plan, if it becomes the government in September. . . 

The headline sounds good but without details it’s difficult to know exactly what this will mean.

By choosing to live in the country I know I can’t expect the same level of health care close to home as someone who lives in a city. Labour can’t change that.

Spending $20 million on a bureaucracy won’t cure cancer, nor will it treat it.

That money would be better spent on research and healthcare.

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