National Lurching Back To Muldoonism

26 June 2008 23:50:00

“National’s list of core values is a sham,” said Libertarianz health
spokesman Richard McGrath today, slamming his National Party counterpart,
Tony Ryall, who last week said a National Government would refuse to lift
existing price controls on the fees GPs can charge their patients. “They
claim to champion individual freedom and choice, competitive enterprise and
limited government. State controls on prices are none of the above.”

Dr McGrath – a general practitioner – believes doctors should be able to
charge whatever price they feel is fair compensation for services rendered,
as a way of balancing supply and demand. “If a GP charges too much, patient’s
will go elsewhere. If patients are happy to pay the doctor’s fee, then what
is the problem?”

The Libertarianz Party has a deregulation policy for health which involves
privatization of public hospitals, and medical savings accounts which would
shift responsibility for arranging health care back to those who receive it. The health care market would be freed up and the Ministry of Health
abolished. There would also be massive tax cuts with income tax abolished
altogether after five years.

“National have done another ‘me-too’ on the issue of GP fees – their
policies are no different from those of the Labour Party, and a vote for
them at the coming election is a wasted vote,” Dr McGrath concludes.

“It’s enough to make you vote Libertarianz!”

ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr Richard McGrath
Libertarianz Health Spokesman
MB ChB DipObst PGCertTravMed
Phone: 027 322 2907
Email: [email protected]

Libertarianz: More Freedom, Less Government

www.libertarianz.org.nz