This really is rather scandalous. Labour has increased health spending by over $3 billion or around 50%. A massive massive increase.
Now one would have expected health care to have become far more available and waiting lists to have dropped. After all this is spending an extra $2,000 a year per household.
But in Auckland, Wellington, Otago (and other areas) you now need to be even sicker than was the case five years ago to qualify for key operations.
But listen to Pete Hodgson defend this. He says:
Prioritisation of treatment was better than several years ago, meaning that those getting an operation might be on average sicker but those left on the waiting list were less sick.
Huh. Can someone translate that into English.