Labour plans free care in pregnancy

NZ Herald 9 August 2014
Pregnant women would get free dental care, doctors’ visits and prescriptions under a Labour Government in a plan to be unveiled at the party’s campaign launch.

Labour officially kicks off its election push with an Oscar Kightley-hosted launch at the Viaduct Events Centre tomorrow afternoon.

The Weekend Herald understands a primary healthcare package for pregnant women costing just over $10 million will be one of two policy announcements on the day.

While pregnant women are entitled to some free doctors’ visits, they have to pay for non pregnancy-related care including dentists’ visits.

Labour’s plan is driven by research showing a link between the health of mothers, including oral health, and the wellbeing of their children.