Cancer patient told hospital would rather spend money on others

By March 21, 2017 Recent News

Stuff 20 March 2017
A woman with terminal cancer says she was told by medical staff the hospital would rather spend its money on people they could actually help.
Alison MacKenzie was shocked to learn she had bowel cancer after multiple doctor’s visits left her with no indication anything was wrong.
MacKenzie, 44, was told she had weeks to live, before being turfed out and then told chemotherapy should be for people they could actually help.
The Palmerston North woman was left in the dark and unsure if she would live to see her son’s 5th birthday.
MidCentral District Health Board has refused to offer any explanation, but it has done a U-turn by offering her chemotherapy.
Alison MacKenzie’s husband Dion said the experience had rocked their faith in the health system.
“You have this belief in the system that you think has got your back and is looking after you.”