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Media release: Compensating live organ donors bill a win for New Zealand

Wellington (1 December 2016): The New Zealand Initiative is delighted that Chris Bishop’s bill compensating live organ donors passed its third reading yesterday.Dr Eric Crampton, Head of Research with the Initiative, said “This bill will help overcome substantial financial barriers that prevent a lot of people from donating organs. It will make a real difference in their lives.”The Initiative submitted on the Bill, arguing that donor compensation should be at 100% of lost earnings rather than 80%. Read more

Media Release
1 December, 2016

Media release: Doing well while doing good: compensating live organ donors will save lives and money

Wellington (21 September 2016): The New Zealand Initiative has offered its enthusiastic support for Chris Bishop’s member’s bill that will improve the compensation provided to live organ donors. The Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, said, “Every live kidney transplant saves the government over $120,000 compared to leaving someone on dialysis. But the current system makes these donors face substantial out-of-pocket costs for time spent in recuperation.” “These costs especially hit lower income families, who are both more likely to need transplants... Read more

21 September, 2016

Is sugar the new tobacco?

If sugar is the new tobacco, then soda drinkers must be the new smokers. So what can we expect next in the war against sugar?The first step of any ‘compassionate health policy’ is normally around social acceptability. Soda should not be a “cool” activity. I’m imagining mass campaigns to remind people of their social responsibility: good friends don’t let their friends get fat.Next step: make it really, really inconvenient to drink soda. Basically, soda drinking should never be enjoyed indoors. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
9 September, 2016

The science of sifting fact from fiction

Have you ever read a headline claiming some scientific finding that doesn’t sound quite right? Like that cheese is as addictive as cocaine, vegetarianism gives you cancer, or that having a glass of red wine is equivalent to spending one hour at the gym.  Some scientific studies just seem a bit off.  John Oliver on Last Week Tonight recognised the problem recently, highlighting common problems with scientific studies and how they are communicated. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
New Zealand Herald
20 May, 2016
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The Health of the State

What are lifestyle regulations? This report uses the term ‘lifestyle regulation’ to refer to the range of policies designed to change behaviour based on what policymakers believe is for our own good. Many of these policies focus on public health issues. They include rules around alcohol advertising, limits to where you can light up a cigarette, taxes to pay on products policymakers deem harmful, and public campaigns to establish socially acceptable behaviour. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
21 April, 2016

The health of the state

Chef and television personality Jamie Oliver was a major proponent of a sugar tax in the UK.You would think, then, that a sugar tax would be a real triumph for the chef turned lobbyist. Yet with barely enough time to celebrate, Jamie Oliver and health experts acknowledge this is only a small part of the policy package.So if a sugar tax in and of itself is not a promising solution to obesity, what is it good for?A likely answer is... Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
8 April, 2016

The great British sugar scam

As the UK is heading for its referendum on EU membership, one might assume Prime Minister David Cameron’s entire focus would be on this once-in-a-generation vote. What could be more important than finally settling Britain’s uneasy relationship with Europe? Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
1 April, 2016

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