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Health - Care of Older Citizens

ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

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Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Kedgley

Provide those elderly in residential care with a pharmaceutical review of all medications to ensure that adverse effects and interactions are avoided
Ensure all those who are in residential care or receiving home support have access to appropriate mental health care
Increase aged care sector funding, particularly the funding for residential care and home support

New Zealand Labour Party Hon David Cunliffe

Will spend an extra $17 million over the next three years in providing a total of up to 7500 more cataracts operations
Complete, by December 2005, a study to determine future funding levels needed to secure sustainability in the [aged care] sector
Respond to the fact that, because older New Zealanders are entering residential care later and later, the level of residents acuity is rising
Progressively implement more flexible models of care so that an older person's individual needs are more directly met
Continue to require DHBs to maintain an adequate range and geographical distribution of aged care facilities

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Tony Ryall

Help people remain independent in their own home for as long as possible in safety
Ensure adequate funding for elders in care in the disability services budget
Increase funding for carer relief and aged residential care services
Ensure every Health Board has a health service for older people

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Further develop a strategy for meeting the health needs of an ageing population and review specific disability provisions and resthome care
Review the funding of resthome care contracts, particularly in relation to costs imposed by legislative changes which impact on the cost of care
Removing income and asset testing for older people needing long stay geriatric hospital care services and asset testing for long stay geriatric private hospital care
Implement national standards for geriatric home care that are appropriately monitored and enforced

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Promote greater use of secondary dwellings for elderly, to reduce housing costs, encourage family care, and provide peace of mind
Introduce a free annual health check-up to all over 65s
Extend access to the High Use Health Card to all over 65s
Introduce tax rebates for health insurance, prioritising concessions to over 65s first
Adopt an aggressive approach to combating elder suicides, particularly at the time of retirement, by improving opportunities for continuing community involvement

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Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit
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The Republic Party of New Zealand

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