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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938

Health And Wealth

Health And Wealth.

The poorer members of the community did not get a "fair spin" because "health is dependent on wealth." As applied to New Zealand conditions this statement is incorrect and showed an ignorance on the part of the speaker of provisions already in operation to cover the less fortunate in a very efficient manner. These provisions largely consist of voluntary lodges whose membership is open to all, general hospitals and free doctors and medicine outside the hospital for those unable to pay anything. For those who are destitute, or on sustenance and who cannot otherwise provide themselves with medical aid. application can be made through the nearest hospital for medicine and a doctor to be sent free or cost. In cases of emergency application can he made directly to a doctor. Surely nothing can better these services. Under the voluntary lodge scheme, too, these services can be administered much more efficiently, humanely, and cheaply than under any State scheme, because the administrators are usually voluntary workers.

On account or high entrance costs and outlay In medical training, the field or medical practice is narrowed down to the wealthier classes. Again, this is not true to fact, Actually, the majority of medical students come from parents or very moderate means and many from parents of very humble means, Few come from the [unclear: homes] of the wealthy, and one is confident in asserting that adversity breeds the best doctors.