The National Party says it wants to increase funding for elective surgeries, aiming to bring the number of operations to 200,000 a year by 2022.
The party's health spokesperson, Jonathan Coleman, and leader, Bill English, made the announcement in Petone this morning.
Dr Coleman said National would increase spending on elective surgery by $30 million per year each year for the next four years, rising to $120m per year by 2020/21, if re-elected.
He said about 174,000 elective surgeries were carried out each year and the figure was expected to reach 178,000 this year.
"Elective surgery makes a real difference to patients and their families - it reduces pain, restores independence and improves quality of life.