Auckland surgeons It is now required to take into account a patient's ethnicity, among other factors, when deciding who should undergo surgery first.
Several surgeons say they were shocked by the policy, implemented in Auckland in February, which prioritizes Maori and Pacific Island patients on the grounds that they have historically had inadequate access to healthcare.
Health officials stress that race is just one of five factors taken into account when deciding when a person should undergo surgery, and that it is an important step in tackling poor health outcomes for Māori and Pacific people.
Te Watu Ora – The New Zealand Ministry of Health has introduced the Fair Adjustment Points system, which aims to reduce inequalities in the system by using an algorithm to classify patients based on clinical priority, time spent on the waiting list, geographical location (isolated areas), ethnicity and health status. Poverty level.
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In the ethnic category, Maori and Pasifika top the list, while New Zealanders of European descent and other ethnicities, such as Indians and Chinese, rank lower.
Some surgeons, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the new scoring tool was medically indefensible. They said patients should be prioritized based on their health condition, urgency of treatment and length of wait, not on race.
One surgeon said he was “disgusted” by the new grading system.
“It is ethically difficult to treat someone based on their race, because it is their medical condition that should determine whether treatment is necessary.”The surgeon said.
Wokism is actually a mental illness, regardless of which races it cuts through.
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