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  Reply # 1210939 9-Jan-2015 09:03
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No.

The beauty of ACC is that it covers everyone in all circumstances.
 Think of the extra costs that will be incurred by having to decide who contributed.

With respect to hospital system, idiot 16 year old driver has crash while drunk, tens of thousands dollars spent saving their life.

ACC then only plays half the cost.

Hospital bills huge amount to patient who can't afford to pay.

Hospital has to absorb the costs so then has to reduce spending somewhere else. Fewer elective operations, reducing staff etc.

Remember the great success of the $20 charge in A+E in the past...

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  Reply # 1211127 9-Jan-2015 14:05
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I don't regard it as a beauty.  I regard it as a vast expense which is partly the reason why health and safety suffers in NZ compared to the rest of the world - it's too easy to say "meh - ACC will cover it if it all goes wrong!". 

The consequences of people's actions do not matter enough in a system like ACC.





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  Reply # 1211294 9-Jan-2015 17:41
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I agree. I recall going to Toast Martinborough one year and enquiring if they had any soft drinks. "No - this is a wine festival!" came the reply. "What about all the people driving? It doesn't turn it into a Coke festival if you sell them a few cans!" I said. "There's free water over there." came the reply. The organiser seemed unable to grasp that drivers ought not to be drinking or that people may want to come and enjoy the music and food etc without using alcohol.

Compare that dunderheaded approach to the concert I attended (Steely Dan I think) at Church Road vineyard in Hawkes Bay. If you identified yourself as a responsible driver, they gave you a different wrist band and you got free soft drinks all day. A far better response.

I think that 'alcohol and drug free' events will become more common and if  that means less morons buy tickets, well that will be a splendid outcome.


So let's get this straight, you think one of the country's greatest contributors to obesity and ill health should be free.  I have disagree, I think providing water is the better and more responsible approach.  I also highly doubt you were talking to an "organiser", more likely causal bar staff.  

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