'adds to trauma' of struggling families going through health system
A Southland mother says the national travel assistance (NTA) system isn't "fit for purpose" and fails to do what it's supposed to - financially assist Kiwis who are referred through the health system.
The mother, who did not want to be named, gave birth to her son in 2019, when he was only 23 weeks and two days old. The premature baby had just a 2 percent chance of surviving.
He is now three years old but has had a raft of health complications, often requiring him and his mother to seek healthcare outside of their hometown, Invercargill.