No matter how much money Labour and National throw at the health system in coming years, we will not be able to meet the looming demand. In fact there is rationing in the health system already, and this will only grow in the future with an ageing population, increased demand for treatment, chronic disease and new technology. Every health system in the world is struggling, and ours is no exception.
If we want to live longer healthier lives we need to invest more of our health budget in prevention. At the same time we have to have a conversation about what we can realistically expect from our health system now and in the future. For example should we be investing more in invasive operations that keep people alive for a matter of weeks, or end of life care?