hospital productivity had probably dropped 20% as many medical professionals had given up going the extra mile to cover for system deficiencies.And all this while govt spending on the govt's die-while-you-wait health system has rocketed. The answer is clearly not more money, since all major health indicators have either held steady or declined as waiting lists have continued to climb, and new solutions to rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking ship are greeted with the cynicism they no doubt deserve.
It's time to sell the deck chairs and refloat the ship, says Libertarianz' Dr Richard McGrath, starting with the place where the rot is greatest. "Radical measures now need to be taken if Wellington Hospital is to be salvaged," says McGrath. "The loss of another specialist from Capital & Coast DHB is a further indication of the dysfunction and chaos that is inevitable under the Marxist paradigm of rationed health care," he added.
"The new health minister, the 'socialist who can count', may have done a tally of the current number of paediatric oncologists in Wellington Hospital - a big fat zero. In a free market capitalist system, the supply of oncologists would tend to match demand and there would be downward pressure on the price of services as the number of specialists in a given locality increased."That's the solution to cure cynicism and to fix the dying system, one hospital at a time. It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!
"Under the current pseudo-corporate public hospital structure, there is no relationship between demand and supply. Provision of services is crippled by the massive army of self-serving make-work bureaucrats both within our public hospitals and in the health ministry, most of whom would be redundant in the context of a free health care market."
"If Wellington Hospital is to be saved from total collapse, urgent measures are needed. Firstly, begin the privatization by telling the current board and chief executive to clear their desks, and appointing interim board members from the private sector who would in turn appoint a new temporary CEO."
"Secondly, distribute shares in Wellington Hospital to the people of the greater Wellington area, so that they can hold them as an investment, sell them on for cash, or pool them with others to form shareholder pressure groups."
"Thirdly, allow medical, nursing and other groups from the private sector to rent space in Wellington Hospital for provision of the care that is obviously needed."
"People are dying on public hospital waiting lists in our capital city, and children have to be flown across the country for cancer treatment - the situation is intolerable," McGrath said.