5th April 2021

Every fortnight, Andrew Speir​ pays $1775 to have chemotherapy drugs pumped into his veins for half an hour – medication he has already crowdfunded tens of thousands of dollars to receive.

It’s something the National Party hopes to see change, proposing an amendment to the law to allow New Zealanders to have unfunded chemotherapy drugs administered at local health boards, rather than “expensive” private clinics.

At present, cancer medicines unfunded by Pharmac cannot be administered in the public system, at a further cost to the patient. Read More