New Zealand Surgeons Must Now Consider Race & Ethnicity When Ranking Patients for Surgery

Surgeons in New Zealand are raising concerns after new government guidelines instructed them to rank patients for medical care based on a Equity Adjustment Score – which determines a patients position in the waiting line for care based on their race and ethnicity.

“In the ethnicity category, Māori and Pasifika are top of the list, while European New Zealanders and other ethnicities, like Indian and Chinese, are lower-ranked.”

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