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The Reality: Waiting Lists and Access to Surgery

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The Reality: Waiting Lists and Access to Surgery

Waiting lists are not a reliable guide to the number of people who need an operation.

Waiting lists for surgical procedures are often used as indicators of healthcare accessibility. However, the truth behind these lists are more complex. While waiting lists may capture a significant number of people in need, they frequently fail to include the full scope of demand. Many thousands of individuals who require surgical interventions find themselves omitted from these lists altogether, despite experiencing considerable pain and distress. Consequently, they end up in a state of limbo, awaiting inclusion while grappling with the physical and emotional toll of their conditions.


The critics say that these lists, in short, are a lie.

Critics state that waiting lists, in essence, are a distorted portrayal of our healthcare landscape here in New Zealand. They argue that relying solely on these lists overlooks those who are overlooked or excluded, who may need operations but have not been put on a list.

For this reason, having health insurance is essential, as it provides access to timely medical care and alleviates the burden of waiting for necessary treatments.


Find out more at this article from Stuff NZ:


Then, give me a call or email here to find out how much a health insurance policy will cost you  – it’s not as much as you might think.

Regards, Mike Bennett



Mike Bennett

In 1985, after 7 years in the banking industry in NZ & London, Mike Bennett joined the Life Insurance Industry as an adviser. In 2001 he started “Acorn Insurance & Investment Ltd” with the key principle; “to satisfy the insurance and investment needs of New Zealanders with the best products and service possible”. To achieve the guiding principle of “best products and service” the “Acorn” uses various industry research tools to identify the best products and prices to meet our client’s needs. Acorn has agencies with most of New Zealand’s major insurance companies which means we are free to use whichever products best meet our client’s needs. Believing that if we get it right for our clients we will achieve win-win solutions. We also recognise that nearly all insurance solutions are a compromise between the benefits you’d like to have versus the premiums you’re prepared to pay – with this in mind we WON’T be trying to sell you more insurance than you need or want !!

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