Increased prescription charges? No thanks! But here’s Annabel Young, Chief Executive of the Pharmacy Guild advocating increasing them.
And Young is a lobbyist with form. She was a National Party MP between 1997 and 2002, so she’s well connected with many current National Ministers. Her father Bill was a National Party Cabinet Minister, and her sister Nicola was a National Party candidate in 2005. Between 2005 and 2008 Annabel Young was Chief Executive of Federated Farmers. Before that she was Tax Director at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and in that role convinced Inland Revenue to allow farmers’ past tax deductions to stand when they had converted part of their farm for a different operation and faced large backdated tax bills for items previously deducted. That dubious achievement no doubt helped get her the job as boss of the Feds.
So when Health Minister Tony Ryall says the Government is “not currently looking at increasing the co-payment for subsidised medicines”, you can see why I’m not totally convinced. Maybe that’s one policy the Government won’t be looking at until after the election.