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Pharmac: The right prescription?

This report examines the strengths and weaknesses of New Zealand’s arrangements for prescription medicines. Central to them is the Pharmaceutical Management Agency, Pharmac, a Crown entity. Among OECD member countries, Pharmac is “unique” in combining “clinical, economic and commercial aspects, and decision-making within a fixed budget for subsidising pharmaceuticals.”1 Other member countries commonly separate these roles and may have more open-ended budgets.Perhaps the greatest strength in New Zealand’s arrangements compared to elsewhere is that, from its inception in 1993, Pharmac... Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
29 July, 2020

Media Release: New report asks if the government should be buying medicines for Kiwis

Wellington, 28 July 2020 – Should the government buy medicines for people who could afford the drugs themselves? This is one question asked in a new report by think tank The New Zealand Initiative. Written by Bryce Wilkinson, the report analyses the government’s drug-buying agency Pharmac. Pharmac: The right prescription? gives credit to Pharmac for lowering the costs of many medicines. It achieved this through a combination of buying power and tough commercial negotiations. Read more

Media Release
29 July, 2020
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Research Note: Safe Arrivals

Up to a million Kiwis live overseas with a right to return to New Zealand. While the country is now effectively free of Covid-19, with cases only in the country’s quarantine facilities, the pandemic rages abroad and is unlikely to abate anytime soon. Even if a vaccine is developed this year, scaling up its production will take time. In the meantime, the Government must scale up its own capabilities and capacity within its managed isolation and quarantine facilities.This report provides... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Research Note
24 July, 2020

Media Release: Border entry can be safely scaled-up, new report says

Wellington, 23 July 2020 – New Zealand needs to ‘raft up’ with other Covid-free countries while building stronger border capabilities, according to a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. And a voucher programme for helping returning Kiwis cover the cost of managed isolation could help New Zealand’s managed isolation system safely scale up. The report Safe Arrivals begins from the principle that safe entry should be allowed and that risky entry must be made safe. Read more

Media Release
24 July, 2020
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Eric Crampton on how New Zealand’s border capabilities can be safely scaled-up

Eric Crampton discusses his new report on how New Zealand’s border capabilities can be safely scaled-up with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. He says instead of charging returning Kiwis for their stay in managed isolation, the government could provide them with vouchers. It would help offset the cost of a stay at a basic facility. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
24 July, 2020

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