Whānau urged to access cheaper medical treatment after hours

Taroi Black

Me kotahi tonu ngā tūroro taumaha o Aotearoa ki te hohipera, maimoatia ai i ngā haora kapi o te pō, nā te kore utu. Koia te āki a Te Whānau o Waipareira ki ngā whānau, ā hei tā te tāhuhu rangapū, tā John Tamihere, kei te whakatū pānui rātou hei tohutohu i ngā whānau. 

Ka whakatūngia ēnei tohu i Tāmaki Makaurau ki te Uru, hei akiaki i ngā whānau kia kuhu atu ki ngā tari hauata i te hohipera o Waitākere. 

Hei tā Tamihere, “The cost for after-hours care is hurting so badly in terms of tipping our people over, that one is an access issue and two there's an affordable issue as well and three they get worse.”

Ko Catherine rāua ko Lawrence Tagaloa tētahi o ngā whānau i whakaputa i a rātou nawe ki Te Whanau o Waipareira mo ngā utu ki ngā whare hauora.

“It's going to affect our daughter’s education and she might not go to school the next day and maybe the next day. So it's going to affect all areas of your life. And problem is that she might not sleep well if we don't the treatment that she needs. So that is on-going and does that mean we have to take time off work. It just goes on and on,” hei tā Catherine Tagaloa.

Heoi ano e ai ki te Manatū Hauora, he raru nui tēnei mo ngā whānau e kimi āwhina ana nā te tokomaha o te hunga tūroro e karo ana i ngā whare hauora mo ngā tari hauata i ngā pō.

E ai ki a Tamihere, “If they’re not doing the business than of course we will take White Crosses money and we will run their A & E here at a far less cost.”

I te rohe o Henderson, e iwa tekau mā rua tāra te utu mo te hunga pakeke. Mo te hunga taiohi i wāenga i te tekau mā toru ki te tekau mā whitu tau, e ono tekau mā whā tāra. Toru tekau mā toru tāra mo te hunga kaumātua.

Hei tā tētahi whānau I ngā tari o Te Whānau o Waipareira, “For us to pay $92 or however much it is for a 5 minute consultation, that's disheartening because on top of that to pay for your script to get medications.”

Apōpō puta ai ngā pānui.