A study by Clair Mills, Rhema Vaithianathan and Paparangi Reid show the dire state of Maori health. In brief...
• 15,376 ‘excess’ avoidable hospital admissions for Māori children during the period 2003 to 2007;
• 36% of hospitalisations classified as ‘potentially avoidable’;
• Tamariki Māori accessed GP consultations at a lower rate than non-Māori;
• Pharmaceutical claims for non-Māori children were 15 % higher, with non-Māori laboratory claims 55% higher than Māori;
• ACC claims for Māori children 32% lower than non-Māori, and median cost lower;
• Specialist outpatient visits by Māori children 86% lower than those of non-Māori children.
Frightening, and shameful.
Of course the Star Sunday Times opening sentence is designed to garner a response, begging the question why it hasn't received more attention, but reinforcing the NZCCSS study that shows Maori and Pasifika communities shoulder a disproportionate load in rebalancing the country's books.
Considering the study was for the years prior to the current economic malaise, we're going to be more frightened, and more ashamed.