15 Oct Private Member’s Bill (Dr Shane Reti) / Pharmac review of rule 8.1b
A Private Member’s Bill from Dr Shane Reti, National Party Health spokesperson and Deputy Leader of the National Party, seeks to achieve public hospital access for patients paying for unfunded chemotherapy (which they have purchased), and is currently given in private clinics at their expense.
A petition on the National Party website invites support for the Bill. It also includes statements related to Pharmac’s May 2021 decision to review paediatric oncologists’ access to new chemotherapy agents under Rule 8.1b.
NCCN has issued the following FAQ in response to the Bill and petition to clarify several inaccuracies