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Cold comfort for Taupo practice as winter staff shortage hits home

Cold comfort for Taupo practice as winter staff shortage hits home
Friday 22 July 2016, 3:45PM

The winter season, staff on leave and a drought of locums has created the perfect storm of a GP shortage in a Taupo practice

Ministry favours VLCA targeting, but says better to reform base funding

Friday 22 July 2016, 4:45PM

The Ministry of Health supported targeting high-needs subsidies to individuals, but told the minister a review of base capitation funding would be a more robust approach

 

Solo practice doubles in size, with original owners back at helm

Friday 22 July 2016, 1:51PM

IN PRINT: This month heralds a new chap­ter for a Dunedin solo practice after major renovations and a re­turn to independent ownership

 

Take a look at … NZMA submission on NZ Health Research Strategy

Friday 22 July 2016, 10:59AM

The NZMA wants to see less emphasis on commercial benefits and more weight given to health services in the proposed New Zealand Health Research Strategy

 

Auckland pharmacist suspended for 12 months for fraud

Friday 22 July 2016, 9:49AM

An Auckland pharmacist who fraudulently claimed more than $150,000 in dispensing subsidies has been suspended

 
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Massey tests team weight loss competition for Maori and Pasifika

Massey University Friday 22 July 2016, 01:51PM

Pilot to support patients with diabetes and mental illness 

Health minister Jonathan Coleman Friday 22 July 2016, 11:59AM

German future care expert visits Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty DHB Friday 22 July 2016, 10:53AM
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Right in the PRIME of LIFE

Right in the PRIME of LIFEWednesday 20 July 2016, 3:31PM

The public might not know it, but the accidents and emergencies they suffer in the large swathe of rural New Zealand soak up a huge amount of human and financial commitment. Southern correspondent Liane Topham-Kindley takes a look at the rural sector’s PRIME, a service now under review.

Next stop on the reform train must fix funding inequities

Wednesday 06 July 2016, 11:11AM

Michael Howard journeys down the decades of government support of primary care and argues pressures today require a response

DYING RIGHT: The quest to care for patients in their final days

Wednesday 22 June 2016, 10:35AM

The end of life is something we all face, but expectations around dying are changing within and outside general practice. Fiona Thomas finds out where the GP fits in palliative care

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Solo practice doubles in size, with original owners back at helm

Solo practice doubles in size, with original owners back at helmWednesday 20 July 2016, 3:36PM

This month heralds a new chap­ter for a Dunedin solo practice after major renovations and a re­turn to independent ownership

Impact of ‘corporate bulldozer’ exaggerated, says salaried GP

Wednesday 06 July 2016, 11:20AM

Despite a lot of negativity about corporate ownership of general practice, Kerikeri GP Chris Reid reports a positive experience since his medical centre sold to Green Cross Health, six years ago

South’s well-known roving locum is staying put in Central Otago

Wednesday 22 June 2016, 10:33AM

Liane Topham-Kindley finds a locum whose roaming days are over as he sets up a solo practice in Cromwell

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Budget 2016 on 26 May

Keira StephensonWednesday 01 June 2016, 4:17PM

The Zika virus

Ruth BrownTuesday 02 February 2016, 12:11PM

Budget 2015

Barbara FountainTuesday 12 May 2015, 11:38AM

Keeping tabs on election promises

New Zealand DoctorWednesday 24 September 2014, 11:50AM

Collecting Alliance Leadership Teams

Barbara FountainThursday 28 August 2014, 2:00PM
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How to advocate for patients in secondary care

By Comment Friday 22 July 2016, 11:35AM Comments 1
 
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The Netherlands initiative: Could it work here?

By Barbara Docherty Thursday 21 July 2016, 11:04AM Comments 0
 
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GPs need to walk the line to joined-up cancer care

By Cliff Taylor Thursday 21 July 2016, 9:57AM Comments 2
 
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Better, Sooner, More Convenient needed now

By Rose Laing Wednesday 20 July 2016, 10:03AM Comments 0
 

Alive in the Dead Sea

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The Big Sleepout with Stephen Child

It was a restless night for NZMA chair Stephen Child as he slept rough in the centre of Auckland earlier this month

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Dave Gerrard on a life in sport and medicine

Renowned sportsman and sports medicine specialist Dave Gerrard talks of his life and career and what health challenges doctors and athletes can expect to face in Rio [podcast: 15.37 mins]

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This is both offensive and madness. The only solution is absolute equity amongst general practices,...Geoff Cunningham on Ministry favours VLCA targeting, but says better to reform base funding
Isn't it ironic that it was Labour that introduced population and practice based funding (ignoring i...Dr Keith Blayney (GP) on Ministry favours VLCA targeting, but says better to reform base funding
Reminds me of a patient of mine who brought her husband to a consultation, and whom I thought looked...Tony Fitchett on How to advocate for patients in secondary care
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Treating patients for whom job satisfaction isn’t working

Treating patients for whom job satisfaction isn’t workingWednesday 20 July 2016, 3:43PM

Wellington GP Emma Dunning considers what can be done for increasing numbers of people whose jobs are making them ill

Big gains to be made growing doctors’ cultural competence

Wednesday 06 July 2016, 11:24AM

Cultural competence, partnership and health equity have this year become one of the Medical Council's strategic driections. Andrew Connolly explains

The games children play – and the bugs that join in with them

Wednesday 22 June 2016, 10:39AM

Wellington GP Emma Dunning want her practice to be a happy place for kids coming to visit, but she's on a mission to deal to their freeloaders, the bugs that join in playtime at the practice toy box

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GPs write off patient debts rather than refuse treatment

Wednesday 06 July 2016, 11:32AM Comments 0
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Annual statement of reasonable GP fee increases – 2016/17 update

Sapere Research GroupMonday 23 May 2016, 10:33AM

NZ Health Strategy: Road Map

Ministry of HealthTuesday 19 April 2016, 10:50AM
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