Listening to question time Pete Hodgson, Minister of Health, sounds perpetually on the edge of hysteria. Yesterday he issued a statement slating Don Brash's earlier comments on the health system.
He quoted Brash as saying,"…if you offer something for free, the demand will be enormous, and that if you don't use price to limit that demand, you will soon be unable to meet the demand."
"No matter how much is spent on health, there will always be queues unless price or some arbitrary political decision is part of the rationing process."
What's to argue with there (bar the misnomer "free")? But Hodgson uses these self-evident principles to accuse National of wanting to charge people for elective surgery - as if they don't pay now!
Pete Hodgson is thrashing a dead horse. No wonder he is in such bad shape.
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