Budget 2017: Getting health services to the rural communities
Taking health services to the people rather than getting people to the services is behind a $1 million pilot for a mobile health clinic to service remote rural communities says Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.
"Those in hard to reach areas shouldn't have worse health outcomes than those in the cities. By bringing the health professionals to them they can be seen earlier and treated faster,” says Mr Flavell who is also Māori Development Minister.
The one year funding for Oranga Waka in Budget 2017 will allow the delivery of a range of health services on the doorstep of whānau in the Mātaatua and East Coast rohe to save them having to travel long distances to have their health needs met.
"Access to health services can be a problem for those in rural areas, but this will help whānau access what they need when they need it," says party co-leader Marama Fox.