The University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Faculty of Science and Engineering - Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao me te Pūkaha
Waikato Home Waikato Home > Science & Engineering > BioBlog
Staff + Student Login

October 3, 2017 Archives

Today I was on leave and, the weather being bad, thought I'd do a bit of catching up on the news. And so it was that I found, on the Stuff FB page, an item about the (lack of) funding for cutting edge cancer drugs. So far, so innocuous (although also somewhat sad) - until I read the comments. 

For there, I came across someone (who later turned out to be not alone in her views) who feels that 

maternity spending is too high, time to pull the purse strings in and start putting some of that money into [funding for cancer drugs]. Ladies do not bleat on that you need it, 1950, 1960, 1970 gee less money, babies still lived. 

I thought this was a bit heartless, and pointed out that neonatal mortality rates were 4 times higher in 1964 than in 2010; it's a safe guess that increased funding for maternity & post-natal care contributed to that.

http://m.stats.govt.nz/~/media/Statistics/Browse%20for%20stats/BirthsAndDeaths/HOTPMar10qtr/bdmar10infntmortrate.gif?w=587&h=274&as=1

At this point you might be thinking, why did she bother? You've probably guessed that this is not going to end well. This is true, and for people like this individual (let's call her Black) it's highly unlikely that reason and evidence is going to change minds. But there are always the fence-sitters, the undecideds, and that's who you hope to reach in discussions like this. Plus, issues such as funding for maternity care vs funding for eg cancer treatment are not as binary as Black would have them; it should not be either/or, and it should not be decided on the basis of people thinking, well, I never needed that stuff so why should it be funded for others. (And I sincerely hope we don't ever go down the route that some politicians in the US have followed in their arguments around who pays for health care, and how much...)

| | Comments (0)

October 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

Recent Comments

  • Alison Campbell: The new study into chemotherapy doesn't actually demonstrate what's claimed read more
  • Dean Chapman: I gave this gear (Black salve) a go on a read more
  • Alison Campbell: No no no - that's pigs. Pigeons knock the pieces read more
  • herr doktor bimler: the saying about playing chess with pigeons "You both get read more
  • Alison Campbell: It isn't actually factual proof; it's an anecdote with a read more
  • Jo: So how much medical trials have been done on this read more
  • Alison Campbell: Hi Sharon - you're probably best to check with the read more
  • Sharon Graham: Hi Is anyone doing this in NZ ?? Cheers Sharon read more
  • Alison Campbell: I was delighted to see that they refuse to sell read more
  • herr doktor bimler: I did enjoy the feature on the leech-farming couple. At read more