Looks like the failed “all care and no responsibility” ACC scheme is collapsing—the Herald reports “the National Government is planning ‘significant changes,’ saying “soaring costs and deteriorating performance show the present scheme is not working”—while anecdotal reports suggest the ACC bureaucrats themselves are trying to shore up their collapsing system by short-changing claimants and throwing patients off their lists.
If private insurers were to dump people maimed by medical misadventure, to name one story that’s come my way, there’d be an outcry. But because it’s a government department this sort of outrage just gets a group hug.
There’s nothing so cold as government charity.
Opening ACC up to competition is urgently needed. Privatising the damn thing is essential. But getting rid of the pathetic “all care and no responsibility” arrangement should be a fundamental change.
UPDATE: A friend suggests that if ACC really wants to save money, they could begin by pulling all their goddamn stupid ads of the television!! We’re not going to die if some dopey bastard stops popping up every five minutes telling us not to go outside without a raincoat, on the roof without a ladder – in fact, we’re less likely to want to go out and kill someone out of sheer bloody frustration!