Minister’s boast: Kiwi health system ‘envy of the world’ … Well, yes and no
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman likes to think New Zealand’s health system is the envy of the world, and even some of those people in the sector who aren’t particularly impressed by the minister think he has a point.
“We do have a good health system. It compares favourably overall internationally but it has nothing to do with the leadership of this minister,” Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) executive director Ian Powell said.
“All that means is that our system is better able to function in an environment of under-funding than other systems, but that is no excuse for the level of poor leadership we have had,” he said.