Please help! Make NZ Govt/ David Clark to fund all Genotypes of Hepatitis C treatment.

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Currently New Zealand will only fund treatment for the genotype's 1a and 1b.

There are many genotypes and the anti viral treatment is proven to work on almost all Genotypes.  It is finally in a pill form, meaning no daily injections for the majority needing the treatment.

Australia treats all Genotypes and if New Zealand did, we could reduce the amount of people with Hepatitis C, significantly. Enabling us to live productive healthy lives.  The side effects of Hepatitis C are vast and problematic.  

This has become a human right's issue , why should only some people be able to receive treatment and CURE themselves of this nasty disease.  While many others are given the only option of trying to pay for treatment from "The Buyers Club" - a costly but still significantly less than the costly medications on offer from Pharmac.  A way to access the antiviral medications, currently available in other countries. But for those who's liver has cirrhosis and can not wait for funding, it is the only way .  But what of those that don't have thousands of dollars? What happens to those people,  like myself? 

The government keeps promising funding , but still it is not here.  Meanwhile myself and others stay ill and some are dying from the virus due to it causing Liver Cancer. 

Please help send the Government a message that this is not acceptable and funding needs to be allocated as promised. 

Let's help make New Zealand Hepatitis C Free.

Thank you

Vikki Kennedy 

 



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