Health research should be a government priority – poll
Three-quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released.
The poll of more than 500 Kiwis was conducted by Roy Morgan Research for a national health umbrella
Improving hospitals and the health care system was the most important issue for the government to focus on, the survey found.
“A total of 82 percent said that pharmaceutical companies should invest more in health research, and 83 percent expressed willingness to participate in any clinical trial of a new medicine if they had a condition it might be able to treat. 66 percent agreed that there should be more opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in clinical trials, with 62% agreeing that this is as important as giving blood.
“There’s a real need for New Zealand to be more supportive of clinical trials. It would help a lot if the government were to send a clear signal to all DHBs and PHOs that they will be accountable for undertaking and supporting health research to improve patient care.
“We found that 32 percent of Kiwis donate to health research, compared to 44% last year. The main contributors to this change were declining affordability and increased numbers who said they didn’t know who to donate to or who hadn’t been asked.”