Prof. Robin Gauld - 'Questions about New Zealand's health system on its 75th anniversary'
New Zealand's Social Security Act of 1938 was visionary in that it was a world-first attempt to create a national health service and highly relevant today in health care terms. The first Labour government introduced a free-at-the-point-of-use health system in response to the deprivations of the Depression years. Professor Gauld will explore the compromises made to get this legislation implemented, whether the original goals of the 1938 legislation have been met and how well the NZ health system performs today.
Robin Gauld is NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced Study, University of London from October to December 2014. His book, New Health Policy (Open University Press, 2009) was awarded First Prize in the Health and Social Care category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards. His talk will be of interest to health professionals, health policy-makers and anyone interested in national health systems and their relation to the governments and publics they serve.