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27 Jan

CFNZ's Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill Submission

27 January 2022

Yesterday, CFNZ presented its submission on the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill to the Select Committee considering the new health system legislation. CFNZ had made a written submission on the Bill in December 2021.

The Bill proposes a major restructure of New Zealand’s health system by amalgamating District Health Boards and establishing a new agency – Health New Zealand – to plan, commission and deliver health services. The Bill also proposes the establishment of a Māori Health Authority and includes arrangements for Pharmac. One of the key goals of the reform is to reduce health disparities among New Zealand’s population groups.

CFNZ’s submission on the Bill focused on the need for people with CF to have access to high quality health care wherever they live in New Zealand, ensuring there are appropriately resourced centres with skilled clinicians and access to up-to date medicines and equipment. CFNZ also raised the need for the proposed Health Agency to develop national standards of care and treatment guidelines for people with CF, and for significant change to be made to the arrangements for purchasing medicines to enable access to modern medicines such as Trikafta. A copy of CFNZ’s written submission can be found here.

Over 4,700 submissions have been made on the Bill and the changes arising from the legislation are expected to take effect on 1 July 2022.