New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Petition of Malcolm Mulholland for Patient Voice Aotearoa: Reform Pharmac and Double the Pharmac Budget

Published date: 26 Here 2019

Petition request

That the House of Representatives urge the Minister of Health to conduct an external reform of Pharmac and to double the budget Pharmac currently receives immediately, with a plan to triple the budget of Pharmac within two years.

Petition reason

We think there are issues involving Pharmac and how they fund medicines - Pharmac does not adopt international guidelines; it does not set a timeframe by which it will be decided if a medicine is efficacious and another timeframe when it will endeavour to fund a medicine if it is deemed to be efficacious; it needs to establish a rapid access scheme; and the budget needs to be increased as its budget is just over 5% of the Vote Health budget in comparison with the OECD average of 16%.

Signatures are now being accepted

13 days left Closing date: 22 Here 2020 NZ Time
Number of Signatures: 33394
Closing date: 22 Aug 2020