Rising government expenditure on health has failed to deliver improved health outcomes for our society, or improved results for patients. We need to make structural changes to the way health is delivered, before we consider spending more money for little gain in service levels.
There is too much bureaucracy in health, and the model of having twenty DHBs of 11 members is broken.
ACT’S fundamental belief is that the government should spend less of your money.
You earned it, and you are the best person to decide how to spend or invest it.
The Government’s accounts show surpluses rising every year. In the next few years they’ll add up to over $20 billion. Only ACT will give that money back to you, and deliver a tax cut with no cuts to core services like health, education or police.
ACT says we need to be both tough and smart on crime. Firstly, we need to ensure the worst offenders are put behind bars. But secondly, we need to stop the offenders who leave prison from returning to criminal activity.
ACT believes that the use of technology and entrepreneurship should be encouraged in transport. Ride-sharing, car-sharing, congestion charging and high occupancy toll lanes should be introduced and/or encouraged.
New Zealand is a trading nation. Our wealth depends on buying things we can’t produce cheaply and selling things we can produce for high prices to large markets. ACT has always been the strongest supporter of free trade in New Zealand Parliament.
ACT considers that an important part of the state’s role is to act as insurance for those who fall on hard times, but recognises that it is ultimately only there to provide to those who could not otherwise provide for themselves.