• Sophie Harris

Women with endometriosis forced to seek ‘unaffordable’ private care


Olivia Loveday​ never expected she would have to turn to private healthcare to seek treatment for her endometriosis.

“You pay taxes, and you think the public system will look after you,” said the 24-year-old Auckland women, who suffers from the painful disorder where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in places it shouldn’t.

But after being denied an appointment for endometriosis through the public system, she had no option but to invest in private health insurance.

She’s one of a number of women who say public health failings are forcing them to self-fund treatment.


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