Kiwis wary of surgery wait times switch to private healthcare
This may be old data for some, but as of April this year, there were a reported 280,000
Patience is a virtue
If that weren’t bad enough, the average public wait times for those that did have surgery were up to 177 days compared to private surgery wait times of 76 days. Those extra hundred days are made stark when you consider that 41% of those currently on waiting lists have discomfort and impact on life ratings
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Yet to be fully addressed is the effect on the 5 per cent out there who get their application for treatment denied. Back to the drawing board? Back to their overworked GPs? Pop a couple of extra aspirin? Wait for it to get worse enough to justify surgery? And what are the effects on the community, the workforce and families? There are more questions than the industry currently has answers for. Ultimately, New Zealanders are suffering and waiting and suffering and waiting and although patience is supposedly a virtue, it’s just part of the overwhelming picture of a New Zealand healthcare system that is working hard, but ultimately struggling to keep up due to an aging population, increased demand and policies that don’t effectively facilitate swift treatment.
So, in times of uncertainty, when people are likely to leaf through a paper and find stories about patients on waiting lists, or heaven forbid, declined treatment, it’s not surprising that Southern Cross Health Society recently announced an increase in the number of Kiwis relying on private
As ever, Rees-Thomas Financial Services encourages investigation into a comprehensive health insurance plan in times of uncertainty to avoid, well, times of uncertainty, and urges consumers to be wary of poor advice when assessing your policy options.