Health FAQ's

Health FAQ's

Aren't fat people just lazy?

Answer

One third of young people are overweight or obese, and those young people are 3-10 times more likely to go on to be obese as adults. Body size is regulated by powerful hormones and different people have quite different 'natural' body sizes so we shouldn't judge anyone on their size. We should encourage everyone to be healthy for their size, including diet and exercise.  

You can read more on this issue here: http://morganfoundation.org.nz/ten-reasons-why-obesity-isnt-just-a-matter-of-individual-choice/ 

Exercise is the issue not what we eat

Answer
When it comes to obesity and diabetes, studies show that exercise is about 20% of the problem. Diet is more like 80%. In fact most people offset exercise with 'treat' food so it ends up having zero benefit for our waistlines. 
You can read more on this issue here: https://garethsworld.com/food/exercise-dont-sweat/

Isn't this the ultimate example of nanny state?

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The nanny state is what we have at the moment - our health system picking up the pieces for people that don't look after themselves. At least with a junk food tax those people that continue to eat junk food will contribute more. 

Will you fund drug X

Answer

That is up to Pharmac. Currently Pharmac makes funding decisions independently based on the health returns that different drugs provide. We want that system broadened over our whole health system so that we can be certain we are getting the best return on each dollar invested. 

Will you build more hospitals

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The future of healthcare isn't more hospitals, it is more prevention. Every dollar we spend on prevention gets four times the benefits we get from a dollar spent on hospitals. We need to care for people in their communities, and keep them out of hospital. 

I can't see how much you are investing in health. Come on bribe me! What's the number?

Answer
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? 

How will the tax and rebate work?

Answer
We will sit down with a panel of nutrition experts and improve the current front of pack labelling scheme so that it has 3 simple ratings based on their nutrient content: 
Green = every day food like fruit and veges
Orange = sometimes food
Red = junk food
We will tax the junk food on a per gram basis so that there is an average price rise of 20%. The revenue will be collected and totalled. To disburse the money collected we will develop a 'Fly Buys' style card that rewards people every time they buy healthy food (rated green).