Kōrero: Primary health care

Maternity benefits

Maternity benefits

The Labour government introduced the maternity benefits scheme in 1939. Under this scheme, women received free maternity care and doctors had free access to hospitals for deliveries. It was initially resisted by some doctors, as this newspaper clipping from April 1939 shows. 'B.M.A.' stands for British Medical Association – the New Zealand branch represented local doctors.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Evening Post, 28 April 1939, p. 12

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Improving access to health care, 1900s–1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/31524/maternity-benefits (accessed 7 July 2022)

He kōrero nā Michael Belgrave, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019