Cochlear Implant Funding Slashed

July 10, 2018

Levin surf lifesaver Danielle McKay spearheaded a local campaign after she waited three years for cochlear implant surgery.


She says the recent decision to slash the $6.5million funding boost was "shocking" and "disappointing."


The Government has quietly cancelled extra funding for cochlear implants, despite a successful campaign for publicly-funded devices for every Kiwi who needed one.


Health Minister David Clark refused to comment on the cut. But a spokesman confirmed that extra funding was not extended in this year's Budget.


Ms McKay says she's furious others won't get the same chance, and she's called on Mr Clark to reconsider his decision.


The Ministry of Health said there were 224 adults in line for a cochlear implant, and the average wait time was just over two years. But there are many more who still haven't been officially accepted onto the cochlear programme.









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