What is goosehead?

  • September 20, 2021

New Zealanders are being offered goosehead insurers, which are offering higher premiums, and are being urged to make extra efforts to reduce the number of people who get the disease. 

The National Farmers’ Union said people should be aware of the potential for high premiums if they choose to buy the insurer.

The NZ Farmers Federation said it would be encouraging people to make more effort to avoid the disease and make more money by avoiding the use of drugs. 

“The best way to avoid it is to go to a vet if you’re having a coughing fit,” the federation’s chief executive, Tim McBride, said.

“That’s when the vet has the best idea of what to do and can take you to the hospital.”

If you have a cough, you’ll need to take a medication called bronchodilator.

It is understood the Government’s policy was to offer a one-off discount for members of the “gentleman’s club”, but that is not yet in place. “

You get a discount for doing things a bit differently to the norm, which is getting in the car, walking, cooking, shopping, taking the kids out for walks,” Mr McBride said.

It is understood the Government’s policy was to offer a one-off discount for members of the “gentleman’s club”, but that is not yet in place.

Mr McBride urged Kiwis to take the advice of their GP, but warned they needed to make a more conscious effort to get out and about, especially in areas where the rate of disease is high.

“It’s just really important for people to go out and get out, get into the community, do things like cooking, go shopping, go out to the market, and do other things,” he said.

“It will take time for them to make those changes.”

The NZ Government’s new National Health and Medical Research Council policy states people who had a coughing episode in the previous 12 months and had symptoms that could indicate a case of the coronavirus can get an “enhanced” discount.

However, this does not apply to people who are not currently taking cough syrup or who have symptoms such as coughs, wheezes or sore throat.

Auckland City Council’s Chief Health Officer, Paul Whitehead, said that people with symptoms that may indicate a cough or wheeze could still be offered a discount, but only if they were in the “advanced” group.

“We’re going to have to be vigilant,” he told Radio New Zealand.

He said the council had been working with health authorities around the country to ensure that people who did not have symptoms were being offered a discounted rate.

“The fact that they’re not actually getting treated is a bit concerning.”

Mr Whitehead said the Council would be “taking this up with the health authorities” to find out more.

People who are unsure of their cough status can call 0800 856 872 or contact the Auckland City Health Service.

New Zealanders can visit the Ministry of Health’s website to find more information about coughing, wheezy or colds, and how to reduce your risk.

If you’re concerned about coughing and are unsure about the severity of your symptoms, contact your GP.

Anyone who has a cough and is unsure about their coughing, or anyone who has symptoms such like coughing, sneezing or sore throats should contact their GP.