new health funding authority if elected
The Māori Party is promising to establish an independent Māori Health Funding Authority, overseeing the distribution of $5 billion - if it makes up part of the new government.
It would also create a Māori Health Card, which would see health funding follow the patient and not the DHB, PHO or GP. This would be used like a credit card to purchase health services needed by the patient.
The party would also transfer the already $500 million in the mental health budget to Kaupapa Māori mental health services.
Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere said this would improve the poorer health outcomes Māori face.