The New Zealand health system isn't immune, and I bet the States isn't either, or the Australian. You see, we've all got something in common. We've either got an indigenous people, or at the very least a group of people who migrated to our respective countries before us white people did. This means you probably have a racist healthcare system. At least that's what the maori tribes in NZ are claiming. In fact some Maori elders claim there should be a separate health system because the current one is so racist.
Can someone please explain what a racist health system is?
I've looked after nearly every nationality in the world, and I treat people all the same, even the assholes and other less deserving (whether or not you think there are people less deserving is another argument we can save for another time.) I've treated white skinned people, brown, yellow, black and even a blue person once.
I've treated the very old to the newborn and everthing in between. I've looked after the foulest criminals to priests, monks, and judges. I give them all great care. But when the Maori tribes call the health system I work in racist, you're in effect calling me racist, and I'm a bit unhappy about this.
The NZ health service is free, meaning it's funded by the goverment and everyone has equal access. That sounds pretty fair to me.
Sometimes a Maori patient will get angry becuase we won't allow a dozen of more relativies in to visit, or we sometimes limit their visiting hours. In Maori culture family is an important part of healing, so when we ask all the relatives to leave, they say it's racist. I think it's racist, or at least very narrow minded for the Maori family to think that they are the only people who considers family an important part of healing.
I sometimes say it's not fair on the other three patients in the room who need to rest. The Maori family will say 'Give us a single room then'. In my hospital, single rooms are reserved for the seriously ill, and you should be thankful you're not in a single room. They then complain and call me racist. I say we have limited resources and we do the best we can. I try to be as tolerant as I can of your special needs, but the other patients have special needs as well, and sometiems these cannot be accomadated. A bit of tolerance goes a long way when your a patient or family member.
I don't want to generalise, and in fact most patients I care for, no matter what background, are very happy and grateful for the care they recieve. The problem seems to be with the upper hierachy, that is the tribal leaders. Of course it's the tribal leaders that are on television and the local news. I hope it's just these leaders getting worked up and not the general maori population.