NZNO Monday 09 July 2012, 3:42PM
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned about
the findings of a University of Otago study that reports almost 20
per cent of women were likely to be deterred from accessing
healthcare by money pressures.
NZNO associate professional services manager, Hilary Graham-Smith
says "Everyone in Aotearoa should be able to access healthcare when
they need it. It is extremely concerning to hear that the cost of
healthcare means women are not getting the health care they need,
when they need it."
"This study shows that even in the 21st century women are still
putting themselves last when there is not enough money to go
"Kiwi children are four times more likely to be living under the
poverty line if they are being raised by a single parent and with
most single parent families headed by women, a lack of access to
health care is a recipe for chronic illness and deprivation for
women and children alike," Ms Graham-Smith says.
"Not surprisingly, the longer people leave it before they get
health care the more expensive that care is. Turning up at the
hospital emergency room with heart disease due to rheumatic fever
is many times more expensive than being treated early at a sore
NZNO would like to see a health system where everyone has timely
and affordable access to healthcare and we believe that nursing
provides the key to a cost effective and efficient approach. There
are long term social and economic benefits to be gained through
ensuring equal access, and huge costs in continuing as we are."