Nearly every time a Free Trade deal with the US is discussed the fact of the New Zealand's socialised health system's buying agency is suggested as an impediment.
The Mayo Clinic in the US has assets of nearly ten billion and a turnover of almost seven billion.
Now do the US drug cartels seriously suggest that Our little Pharmac with a turnover of less than seven hundred million is a problem?
Throw in the kudos that supplying the Mayo Clinic implies and that red herring is more likely their FireBlight excuse methinks.
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