Pharmac’s new Equity Policy

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Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac is drafting its first Equity Policy which outlines the mahi Pharmac does, can do, or needs to do, to achieve equity in health outcomes for priority populations.

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“We know that medicines and hospital medical devices can, and often do, make a huge difference to health outcomes,” says Director Equity and Engagement Dr Nicola Ngawati. “But many people are still missing out on the potential benefits, and some communities are missing out more than others.”

“Under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022, the health and disability system should be equitable. This includes ensuring Māori, and other priority population groups, have access to services in proportion to their health needs, receive equitable levels of service, and achieve equitable health outcomes.” says Dr Ngawati.

“Our equity policy is signalling a change to how we do things. It will take time, and hard work, but I’m proud of the commitment Pharmac is making to meaningful and authentic change,” says Ngawati.

“I would like to thank all the agencies who reviewed and provided feedback on the draft policy, as the inequitable access to pharmaceuticals extends further than just Pharmac.”

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