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| New Zealand News | Monday February 25 2013 12:33
There are no plans to change the funding provided for cochlear implants, despite a petition signed by 7,680 people calling for more money being considered by a parliamentary select committee.
The petitioners described how about 4,000 hearing impaired Kiwis need an implant, yet only 20 a year receive them.
Each implant costs between $45,000 and $55,000 and the Government provided a one-off funding boost for implants this year of $2.6 million.
The National MPs on the health select committee said they support providing as many implants as possible within the available resources.
But the Green and Labour MPs urged the Government to fund on the basis of need and reduce waiting times to a maximum of six months.