Still undecided a bit. Been National my whole life.
Beginning to see through the Jacinda effect a bit. Just wish National looked after health better, so the little guy wasnt effected so much. We are 10 years behind Australia now just for some drugs, and waiting times for cancer treatment have grown into several months now in a lot of cases. Not good enough.
This seems to be a common perception that has little basis in reality. Of course you can always pull out the worst stats and claim "it's not good enough"... equally, National can point to their headline stats and claim that've done a stand-up job.
The reality tends to be far less "extreme" than the headlines.
On a purely "fiscal" basis, as has been covered in another thread, National have increased health funding at a rate greater than inflation and greater than population increase combined.
From an outcome-based standpoint (as related by someone "at the coal-face") I'd highly recommend reading this account from a practicing doctor. [Note - this is hosted on the Whaleoil website which can be off-putting for some people. I'd recommend adopting a "Don't shoot the messenger" mindset here and consider the content rather than the publisher]
IIRC they gave a lot to health in the last budget, moist of which was a pay catchup for aged care workers, the test is still way underfunded. Once that is corrected, then meeting inflation is fine, but it needs to be corrected first.
My Doctor would disagree with the whaleoil doctor. She has many cancer patients waiting for several months to see their first specialist. This wasnt the case 5 years ago. Whilst the health system does indeed keep up with inflation, it isnt keeping up with immigration or the aging population. I also think that DHB's have become less efficient over the last few years and its perhaps time for a shakeup.