Don’t blame Māori for decline in vaccination rate – National Hauora Coalition

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Don’t blame Māori for decline in vaccination rate – National Hauora Coalition

Māori mother and toddler
National vaccination rates for Māori two-year-olds dropped to 88 per cent this year
“If that happened to you what are the chances of you going back for your next immunisations?” National Hauora Coalition clinical director Rawiri

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So not paying your doctors fees and having debt is a "systemic issue" ????

Debt is a socio-economic issue and is certainly not an ethnic issue, for example constrained to Maori. It is clearly more honest to blame poverty which is a far bigger and much more logical reason for poor vaccination uptake. The Ministry - with its historical good intentions - had little idea that socio-economic factors such as widespread debt could have such a major effect on health parameters. And primary care was supposed to fix that with capitation, Marwickian incentives and some sort of random target-setting and the occasional letters of congratulations.