Letter of the week: P J Edmondson, Tauranga

A large number of district health boards have announced major financial shortfalls. Healthcare has become a yawning chasm with an insatiable appetite for taxpayer funding. Is there a solution to this perennial problem when so many New Zealanders are forced to stand in line for lifesaving surgery and treatment?

A possible answer: The reintroduction of tax deductibility for health insurance premiums that would encourage personal responsibility for individual health needs, thereby freeing up beds for the most vulnerable and would ease the burden confronting the state. Private healthcare must grow to complement

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