A kiwi icon is marking 50 years with a nationwide tour to talk about how it plans to help meet New Zealand’s future healthcare challenges.
Southern Cross opened for business in 1961 as the country’s first health insurer and has evolved into a group of health-related not-for-profit and charitable businesses, including hospitals, travel insurance and, as of last year, primary care. It counts over one million New Zealanders as members, patients and customers each year.
Southern Cross Healthcare Group CEO, Dr Ian McPherson, will host an event for the public in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Tauranga.
Consumer champion and former Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne will also be there to share some of his health-related experiences, after undergoing major brain and heart surgeries in recent years.
Dr McPherson says the aim of the event is to update members and the public on Southern Cross’s current range of products and services, talk about priorities for the future and answer questions.
“We are proud of our heritage and our instrumental role in providing the option of private healthcare for Kiwis. However the healthcare sector is continually evolving, so it’s important to look to the future and at ways we can provide value and contribute to helping improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.”
“This may involve the introduction of new products, services – even new businesses if we need to. We look forward to discussing these ideas with Kiwis around the country,” says Dr McPherson.
All events start at 10am and will finish between 11.30am and 12 noon.
10am, Thursday 11 August
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
10am, Friday 12 August
Legends Lounge, Addington Events Centre
10am, Wednesday 17 August
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
10am, Thursday 18 August
Bay Court Community and Arts Centre, Central City