“Dr Shane Reti, in my view, is turning out to be one of National’s greatest assets. Anyone who doesn’t vote for his health policy obviously doesn’t rate health as a major concern. Reti has proven he is a thinker and has the qualifications to match. Here is a man who has a budget and has clearly thought through the issues and prioritised the targeting of that money. His policy announcement clearly shows this is not money just being thrown around.
“The issues he has prioritised are those in the heath area that need addressing. First the $20 million over four years to Pharmac for a rare disorder fund. This has been badly needed for years. These unfortunate people will now not have to fight to get what they need, in some cases, to stay alive. Pharmac will also get increased funding at the same rate as the health budget, about $35 million a year.”